Coronado (Exploring the World): Francisco Vazques de Coronado Explores the Southwest

Coronado (Exploring the World): Francisco Vazques de Coronado Explores the Southwest

by Robin S. Doak
     
 

A biography outlining the life of Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, the Spaniard who led an expedition and exploration through the American Southwest.

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A biography outlining the life of Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, the Spaniard who led an expedition and exploration through the American Southwest.

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Children's Literature
Another of the new "Exploring the World" series, Coronado portends useful books to follow. Francisco Coronado is set within the world of New Spain—now Mexico—which had been under Spanish colonial control since Cortés vanquished the Aztecs in 1521. While Spain sent priests with its conquerors, its mission was never more than pillaging the wealth of new lands. Within this context, it is fascinating to follow Coronado's two-year journey north in search of the fabled cities of gold. The text is informative and written to its age group, and it is joined by handsomely reproduced graphics and photographs, as well as the usual back matter of glossary, index, and so forth. The result is a new book recommended for use in lower school social studies units. 2002, Compass Point Books, $21.26. Ages 6 to 10. Reviewer:Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Cartier looked for a northwest passage to China; instead, he discovered and explored Canada. Magellan initiated the first sailing voyage around the world but died en route. Coronado explored the American Southwest in search of gold and other riches. Public opinion considered their quests, grounded in the search for wealth, a failure at first. The men's lives are examined in balanced, well-written texts that objectively share the impact of the explorations on the environment and on native populations. Numerous color reproductions of old prints, maps, paintings, and manuscripts add validity to the texts. Full-color photographs, most notably of the geographic sites as they are today, complement the texts as well. Each book has a time line, a list of each explorer's important contemporaries, and a "Did You Know?" section of trivia. The "Want to Know More?" section includes books, Web sites, and places to visit and write for more information.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756501235
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
09/01/2001
Series:
Exploring the World Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.13(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)
Lexile:
830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Robin S. Doak has been writing for children for more than 19 years. A former editor of Weekly Reader and U*S*Kids magazine, Doak has authored fun and educational materials for kids of all ages. She is a past winner of the Educational Press Association of America Distinguished Achievement Award. She lives with her family in Maine.

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