Follow the Dream: The Story of Christopher Columbus

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Illus. in full color. The 15th century comes alive in this splendidly original picture book about Christopher Columbus. "The illustrations, executed in a variety of media, show scenes from the explorer's life as well as some imaginary creatures that populated the Europeans' picture of the outside world at that time. The details on each page invite individual readers to pay close attention, but the brief, clear text and framed illustrations lend themselves equally well to group sharing. Make room on your crowded ...
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Overview

Illus. in full color. The 15th century comes alive in this splendidly original picture book about Christopher Columbus. "The illustrations, executed in a variety of media, show scenes from the explorer's life as well as some imaginary creatures that populated the Europeans' picture of the outside world at that time. The details on each page invite individual readers to pay close attention, but the brief, clear text and framed illustrations lend themselves equally well to group sharing. Make room on your crowded Columbus shelf for this one."—(starred) School Library Journal.

Christopher Columbus overcomes a number of obstacles to fulfill his dream of sailing west to find a new route to the Orient.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Portraying Columbus from his boyhood to his first landing in the Americas, Sis's ( Waving ; Alphabet Soup ) account is straightforward but somewhat flat. Though his minimal text often reads like a rushed summary, his artwork is extraordinary. With their rich, earthy hues, fine cross-hatching and, in many instances, the semblance of parchment or aged oils, these illustrations recall the maps, charts and paintings of Columbus's own era. Sis is especially adept at evoking the life of the mind and suggesting bridges between reality and imagination. In one particularly striking scene, the child Columbus, charged with weaving a bolt of cloth, imagines a world where the loom is his ship and the star-studded cloth his sail; in another, the monsters of the deep are depicted as they might be envisioned by the fearful men sailing west for the first time. Ages 5-10. (Aug.)
Children's Literature
Leaving his homeland of Czechoslovakia in 1982, Peter Sis came to the United States dreaming of a new life in a world full of possibilities. His story of Columbus is a tribute to another man dreaming and wishing the same thing as he, only hundreds of years ago. The text within the book is simple and precise. The reader learns that Columbus's dreams of sailing began when he was a young boy. He taught himself the arts of navigation, mapmaking and sailing and then spent years trying to convince someone to support his dream of sailing west. The trip was long and trying, but the real difficulty was appeasing the concerns of the rebellious crew who feared sailing off the world's edge. Ultimately, Columbus reached land but never truly understood the extent of his discovery or the significance of his journey. The illustrations supply the details the text does not. They are the true unique quality to this book. Maps, boat designs and scenes are intricately presented. The ocean views possess a sensation of vastness and foreboding; the reader feels the worry of the crew and the sacrifice of following a dream. This is a terrific book for use in class studies or personal reflection on one of our greatest explorers. 2003 (orig. 1991), Alfred A Knopf, Ages 4 to 9.
— Andrea Sears Andrews
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Words and pictures are beautifully synchronized in this read-aloud, look-together book for young and old side-by-side. The few words, a smooth blend of fact and legend, capture the historic episode's essence: An ambitious, 15th century dreamer/explorer is determined to sail west across an uncharted ocean, he perseveres, and does.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-- A fascinating artistic representation of the discovery of the New World. In a preface, Sis makes reference to Columbus escaping the walls of fear and ignorance that encompassed 15th-century Europe and uses that motif freely throughout--as a curtain framing a view of Genoa, a background for pictures of Columbus's early life, and in an endpaper map of Europe surrounded by a wall. The illustrations, executed in a variety of media--oil, ink, watercolor, and gouache--show scenes from the explorer's life as well as some of the many imaginary creatures that populated the Europeans' picture of the outside world at that time. Sis uses colors ranging from drab browns and grays, to a rose-colored sky that is a background for the king and queen of Spain, and deep blues and greens for the ocean. A double-page medieval-style map is bordered with important dates and small pictures representing those dates, while another double page shows many postage-stamp-size representations of the sea as described in Columbus's log. The many details on each page invite individual readers to pay close attention, but the brief, clear text and framed illustrations lend themselves equally well to group sharing. Make room on your crowded Columbus shelf for this one. --Jean H. Zimmerman, Willett School, South River, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679880882
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/13/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 355
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 11.74 (h) x 0.21 (d)

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