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Columbus Day

Columbus Day

by Molly Aloian

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Children's Literature - Melissa Rife
Part of a series "Celebrations in My World" of books that explain celebrations around the world, this book explores Columbus Day. After introducing Columbus Day, Aloian goes back to the source of the holiday: the birth and life of Christopher Columbus. After explaining where he came from and how he came to be an explorer, the author describes his most famous journey, including the names of his ships and his treatment of the native peoples that he encountered. From there, the text addresses the different ways the holiday is celebrated. The book uses large print and both photography and art to convey its message. There is a depiction of Columbus landing in America. The photographs show the modern celebrations of the day. While the celebration of Columbus Day by eating pizza, seems a little farfetched, the book does redeem itself by presenting celebrations in Central America. This variety may offer readers some new and interesting information about the celebration of Columbus Day. Also interesting are the "Did You Know?" facts along the bottom of the pages. These cannot be melded into the "story" within the book, but are still interesting related facts. Aloian's book is a good introduction to a major historical event, and s such it can serve to challenge readers to undertake research and learn more. Also included are a table of contents, a glossary, and an index. Reviewer: Melissa Rife

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Crabtree Publishing Company
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Product dimensions:
8.68(w) x 11.22(h) x 0.39(d)
NC850L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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