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KLIATTThis superb summary of the era of Columbus and global exploration is a model of pedagogy. The text enlightens curious readers about the details of the navigator's struggle for support and the mixed result of multiple voyages to the Caribbean to enrich Spain with gold. Contributing to the value of the work is a cover photo of a statue of Columbus and myriad drawings, maps, and illustrations, including a match light rifle, native enslavement, smallpox virus, and shipworm. The writing is succinct and suited to younger YA readers. Explanations of waterspouts, hurricane season, traitors, and the gradual loss of faith in the explorer enable readers to envision the highs and lows of Spanish fervor and the outcome of settlements. (DK Discoveries). KLIATT Codes: J*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior high school students. 2001, DK, 48p. illus. index., Ages 12 to 15.
—Mary Ellen Snodgrass