- Age Range: 6 - 10 years
- Grade Level: 2 - 05
- Lexile Measure: AD1110L (What's this?)
- Series: Discovery of the Americans
- Paperback: 48 pages
- Publisher: HARCOURT SCHOOL PUBLISHERS; 1 edition (January 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0688115128
- ISBN-13: 978-0688115128
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Discovery of the Americas, The (Discovery of the Americans) Paperback – April 20, 1992
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"From prehistory through the Age of Columbus," the many voyages of discovery to America are examined in lucid, fact-filled text and colorful illustrations and maps. Ages 6-up.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Grade 2-5-- While this title is self-explanatory, it barely conveys the depth of the book's grand scope. The Maestros begin at the beginning as far as we know it, with the crossing of the Bering Land Bridge over 20,000 years ago. They carefully trace what is known of those Stone Age people, and include little-known points such as the possible visits of Phoenician explorers, Irish monks, Japanese fishermen, as well as the fairly well-documented Viking settlements. Illustrations show striking visual comparisons of ancient artifacts from both the Old and New Worlds, which reveal strong similarities. An appropriate emphasis is given to the thousands of years of human civilizations before Europeans established permanent settlements. The arrival of Columbus takes place almost halfway through the book. Conflicts between explorers who were fiercely ethnocentric and the native people who were often just as fierce in their own defense are treated with trenchant objectivity. Attractive, easy-to-use appendixes give tables of dates, pre-Columbian cultures, European explorers, and other facts. Giulio Maestro has achieved a happy mingling of artistic maps that include clear, descriptive diagrams of voyages and land routes, balanced with beautiful interpretations of broad landscapes in luscious colors of sky, cloud, sea, mountain, and forest. The dazzlingly clean and accurate prose and the exhilarating beauty of the pictures combine for an extraordinary achievement in both history and art. --Ruth Semrau, Lovejoy School, Allen, TX
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Our American History studies include a lesson text and literature (non-fiction and historical fiction). We use Maestro's "The Discovery of the Americas" as one of our literature supplements, to present an overview to covered topics in each of our study units. It is easily read and understood by my 7 yr old, and we enjoy the illustrations. I would not recommend this book as an all-inclusive lesson text, and do not feel it was intended to be such; but I am pleased that we included it as a supplement. Perhaps the author could have spent more time on the original inhabitants, but our studies include closer looks at several of those earlier cultures and the book does provide a good overview for our purpose.
If you are looking for a textbook, an in-depth study of native peoples, a book written from the perspective of the natives, and so on... this is not the book you're looking for.
If you want a general overview that presents an unbiased look at the early migration(s) and voyages up through "the Age of Columbus" (Magellan is actually the last covered), then I'd suggest considering this book.