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The Story of Christopher Columbus: Admiral of the Open Sea (Famous Lives (Gareth Stevens Hardcover)) Library Binding – Large Print, September 1, 1997

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Series: Famous Lives (Gareth Stevens Hardcover)
  • Library Binding: 103 pages
  • Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing (September 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0836814827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0836814828
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,700,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-5 Osborne concentrates on the adult life and voyages of Christopher Columbus. She explains the religious and commercial reasons for the voy ages and discusses the disappointment felt by Columbus (and Spain) when it became clear that he had not reached the Far East, explaining that often his tory judges events differently than con temporary opinion. Osborne's writing is clear, and the style is like an adult biography, with historical analysis and perspective included. Careful research has been done, and there is a note about sources. This book is without the fic tionalizing and false heroics found in such books as Sperry's The Voyages of Christoper Columbus ( Random, 1950; o.p.) and the D'Aulaires' Columbus (Doubleday, 1955). Osborne presents Columbus as a hero, but also as a man who had both strengths and weakness es in his nature. In addition, Osborne shows no bias toward any group and explains how the behaviors of some groups which would now be considered unacceptable were accepted practices at the time. Her treatment of the Indi ans is fair. Black-and-white illustra tions add little to the text, and there is no index. Overall, this title would be a good addition to libraries needing biog raphies which are written from a mod ern standpoint and are without many of the prejudices and distortions common in older books for children. Mary Mueller, Rolla Jr . High School, Mo.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Widely regarded among parents, teachers, and librarians for its power to instill a passion for reading, Mary Pope Osborne's award-winning Magic Tree House series is an international phenomenon and has sold more than 120 million books worldwide since its debut in 1992, and has been translated into 32 different languages in over 30 international markets. There are currently 51 Magic Tree House books and 28 Fact Trackers, the nonfiction companions to the fiction titles. All Magic Tree House books are available in print, as ebooks and Listening Library audio books, which are all narrated by Mary Pope Osborne. Visit for more information about the series, activities, and more.

The Magic Tree House Classroom Adventures Program is a free, comprehensive set of online educational resources for teachers developed by Mary Pope Osborne as gift to teachers, to thank them for their enthusiastic support of the series. Complete with lesson plans, curriculum guides, and creative activities, the Classroom Adventures Program incorporates every book in the series, including the nonfiction Fact Tracker titles, enabling teachers to build upon students' interest in Jack and Annie's adventures, while simultaneously meeting core curriculum standards across a multitude of subjects. Educators can learn more at

MARY POPE OSBORNE is an ardent advocate and supporter of children's literacy, and the award-winning author of more than 100 books for children and young adults, including novels, retellings of mythology and folklore, picture books, biographies, and mysteries. From 1993-1997, Ms. Osborne served as president of the Authors Guild, the country's leading organization for published authors. She has traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad, visiting schools and speaking on issues related to children's literacy. She recently spoke at the UN regarding the importance of worldwide literacy and was profiled on NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams for her continued efforts. Mary has donated over 250,000 books to children in need through her Gift of Books program. She resides in Connecticut. The creator of the Magic Tree House series, Ms. Osborne is also the coauthor of the companion Magic Tree House Fact Trackers series with her husband, WILL OSBORNE, and her sister, NATALIE POPE BOYCE.

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