Children's Literature Review
This combination history and activity book from the "Build it Yourself" series will enliven home school and classroom history units. . . Mooney's narrative is engaging and very readable. Sidebars and text boxes contain difficult words (also highlighted with bold font within the text), interesting facts, or mini-biographies of explorers or native communities. The hands-on activities are well suited for extending learning opportunities outside of the classroom. A resource page listing books and websites provides more information for curious students."
Eclectic Homeschool Online (EHO)
"Explorers of the New World is one in a series of books that encourage students to interact with the subject being learned. There are 22 hands-on projects, but that's not all. The author presents factual information in a breezy, conversational style, emphasizing relevant vocabulary by bolding new words in the context of the text, and then defining them in a set-off box ("Words to Know") on the same or a facing page. There are also "Did You Know" boxes at frequent intervals, containing snippets of interesting trivia. . Explorers of the New World is well suited to the homeschool as well as classroom use. It would work well as the basis for a co-op class learning about this era of history. The activity instructions are clearly written, with illustrations that help you to follow the directions."
School Library JournalGr 3-7
"This informative, entertaining activity book takes readers on a fascinating voyage of their own. . . Numerous inserts, “Did You Know?” sidebars, maps, black-and-white representations of explorers, and sketches of events add additional facts and interest to the presentation. Nearly every page includes a brief list of words to know. Each chapter concludes with “Make Your Own” activities that bring life to the history with instructions for the construction of a logbook, clay activities, recipes, games, etc. Some may require the assistance of an adult but are not complicated or time-consuming. An appealing and useful resource."
Peter C. Mancall Chair, Department of History, Professor of History and Anthropology Director, USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute University of Southern California
"Building things associated with exploration is a fantastic way of making these efforts more, which are so far from the way we think about the world today, comprehensible, and not only for young readers."
Marla Conn, Educational Consultant
"This title is informative, and relevant in teaching about explorers of the New World and the age of exploration.