Around the World in a Hundred Years

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Jean Fritz brings history to life once again in 10 true tales of 15th-century European explorers-from Bartholomew Diaz and Christopher Columbus to Juan Ponce de Leon and Vasco Nu-ez de Balboa-who changed the map and left behind stories of adventure too good to miss. 'Fritz approaches Athe salient facts' with playful irreverence; accordingly, the frequently traveled material can seem refreshingly new.'—Publishers Weekly, starred review '"Fritz" turns in a fast-paced narrative enriched and enlivened by fascinating ...

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Overview

Jean Fritz brings history to life once again in 10 true tales of 15th-century European explorers-from Bartholomew Diaz and Christopher Columbus to Juan Ponce de Leon and Vasco Nu-ez de Balboa-who changed the map and left behind stories of adventure too good to miss. 'Fritz approaches Athe salient facts' with playful irreverence; accordingly, the frequently traveled material can seem refreshingly new.'—Publishers Weekly, starred review '"Fritz" turns in a fast-paced narrative enriched and enlivened by fascinating stories and details of the sort that rarely appear in standard textbooks.'—Kirkus Reviews, pointer review 'No one is better than Jean Fritz at making history interesting as well as comprehensible.'—The Horn Book Jean Fritz lives in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Anthony Bacon Venti lives in Rockland, Maine.

Examines the great wave of European exploration during the fifteenth century which resulted in more accurate maps.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Noted biographer and historian Fritz ( Bully for You, Teddy Roosevelt ) offers a wickedly funny look at 10 explorers who, between 1421 and 1522, ventured into what contemporaneous mapmakers called the Unknown. While presenting the salient facts, Fritz approaches them with playful irreverence; accordingly, the frequently traveled material can seem refreshingly new. Discussing Amerigo Vespucci, she writes, ``Some give him credit for recognizing a continent when he saw one. Others call him an out-and-out faker.'' This tone proves especially effective when Fritz addresses such problematic issues as the treatment of native people and the often accidental nature of many of the discoveries. Reflecting the humor of Fritz's text, Venti's lighthearted black-and-white drawings use subtle strokes, as in a picture of Balboa, heavily in debt, stowed away on a ship and peering out from the barrel he'd hidden inside. Readable, attractive maps begin each chapter, providing useful visual references for each voyager's route. Ages 7-11. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-A look at ``the first great wave of European exploration'' (1421-1522) through brief portraits of various participants. Fritz does many things well here. She writes with ease and humor, including details that add color and humanity to historical figures, and skillfully incorporates research into her narrative. She presents the heroic aspects of the voyages, as well as evidence of the arrogance, cruelty, and greed many of these men displayed. Despite all the good attributes, the book suffers because of the complexity of the subject matter. By including so many different individuals, the issue becomes complicated; after a while, the Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese names start to run together. Some of the men's lifetimes and discoveries overlap, which makes it even more difficult to sort out who did what... and when. The illustrations are beautiful, entertaining, Renaissance-inspired pencil drawings. They include many amusing touches, such as the island of Porto Santo being overtaken by rabbits, but because they are in black and white and almost too finely drawn, they do not have a great deal of child appeal. A map at the beginning of each chapter shows the explorer's route. An outline of the continents appears on the end papers, but there aren't enough world maps throughout the book to enable readers to get a more complete picture of how the ``discovered'' countries fit into the world as a whole. The text is not straightforward enough for reports, but interested readers may enjoy perusing these tales of adventure and scientific discovery.-Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698116382
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 280,983
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.08 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Fritz, the Newbery Honor-winning author of Homesick, is best known for her engaging and enlightening nonfiction for young readers, including What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?, And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?, and Shh! We're Writing the Constitution. She was honored with the Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature by the New York State Library Association, and won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her career contribution to American children's literature.

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