- Age Range: 6 - 10 years
- Grade Level: 2 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 1030L (What's this?)
- Series: American Story
- Paperback: 48 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (August 25, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0688154743
- ISBN-13: 978-0688154745
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.1 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Exploration and Conquest: The Americas After Columbus: 1500-1620 (American Story) Paperback – August 25, 1997
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"Vividly depicts the explorers and their exploits."---Publisher's Weekly"The narrative is lively, the characters, the scope panoramic, and the details precise."---The Washington Post
About the Author
Betsy Maestro is the author of the "American Story" series, illustrated by her husband, Giulio. She has also written several other non-fiction picture books, including the Let's-Read-And-Find-Out science books How Do Apples Grow? and Why Do Leaves Change Color? The Maestros live in Old Lyme, Connecticut.
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Major explorers covered are Columbus, Magellan, Cortes, Pizzaro, de Soto, Coronado, Verrazano, Cartier, Drake, Raleigh Hudson. Topics covered include the conquistadores, the Lost Colony, Jamestown, relations with Native Americans, and the slave trade. There are only 41 pages in the main text, so obviously nothing is covered very in-depth. So, this is best seen as an overview. There is also a table of dates, names of other explorers, native american contributions to the world (food, medicines, etc), and other interesting information over several pages at the end of the main text.
The reading level of this book is probably middle-school level. My 9-year-old son reads on a high-school level and enjoys non-fiction. He rated this book 4 stars. With all of the pictures, this is appropriate for a read-aloud in the elementary years, especially if the children have already been exposed to information about the explorers. The language in this book
The author definitely takes the viewpoint that the Native Americans were by and large treated poorly and wrongly by the explorers, but she does frame the context well to make the reader understand why. Catholics could be bothered by some references to attempts to force the Native Americans to convert to Catholocism. Examples: "Large expeditions of soldiers, called conquistadores, were sent out to claim land and riches for the king and the Church of Spain. With them went priests who tried to force the native people to accept the Catholic faith. However, these people had their own strong beliefs and often had no idea what the Spanish were trying to teach them."
This book is very well-written, with wonderfully rich language. It has beautiful illustrations. Overall, it is a very engaging overview of the explorers. I would highly recommend it to those who have middle school children studying the explorers, and for elementary students as well if the parent is willing to read it with the child. This is an outstanding book.