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Overview

A School Library Journal "Best Book of the Year" and a Booklist "Editors' Choice". An ALA "1990 Best Books for Young Adults". An NCSS-CBC "Notable 1990 Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies". An NCTE "Outstanding Nonfiction Works for Children (K-8) Published in 1990". Includes source notes, photographs, maps, bibliography and index.

Describes the voyages of Columbus, the terrible impact of the Spaniards on the Indians, and the ultimate cultural influence of the Native Americans on their white conquerors.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
An Italian adventurer sets out in 1492 with three Spanish ships en route to the Orient. After 10 weeks, they land in the New World. This book departs from the familiar legends and is drawn from the journals kept by Columbus and his contemporaries. It illuminates the European culture and how it shaped Columbus' thinking, his attitudes about the people of the New World and the need for land to be seized and exploited. In addition to a description of the voyages of Columbus, the book discusses the terrible impact of the Spanish conquerors on the Native Americans and in turn the ultimate cultural influence of the Native Americans on their conquerors. A 1991 Best Books for Young Adults, the text is accompanied by illustrations, maps, drawings, and document reproductions.
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Gr 6 Up-- In a smoothly flowing, intelligent, and colorful style, Meltzer presents the scant known facts about Columbus' early life, highlights all four of his voyages to the New World, and ends with a portrait of a confused and sickly old man, still fantasizing about the fabulous treasures he never saw. Meltzer paints a bold and unbiased picture of Columbus as a boastful, confident dreamer who refused to believe that the land he discovered was anything other than the eastern edge of the Asian continent. His determination to win a monarch's support for his voyages and his stubborn drive to continue against terrible odds are attributed not only to his desire for wealth but also to his dubious interest in converting heathens. The torture and slaughter of innocent native Americans presents another, less heroic perspective. Meltzer exhibits informed knowledge of his subject; his well-researched use of primary sources, such as logs and other first-hand accounts is exemplary. The bibliography contains Meltzer's cogent comments about the way in which he used the sources and the relative value of each. The handsome volume is enhanced with numerous black-and-white maps and archival reproductions. Meltzer is to be commended for his faithful presentation of Columbus' life, a panoramic view of an era of momentous change, and his creative interpretation of the basic truths to be learned from Columbus' amazing experiences. --Phyllis Graves, Creekwood Middle School, Kingwood, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531151488
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/1990
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years

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