Francis Drake and the Oceans of the World

Other sellers (Other Format)
  • All (12) from $1.99   
  • New (3) from $31.49   
  • Used (9) from $1.99   
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Sir Francis Drake is one of the more dashing figures in the "Explorers of the New Lands" series. He inspired crews of men to circumnavigate the globe, and unlike Magellan, brought his men and ships home safely to tell their tales. He was a talented navigator and schemer, out-maneuvering the Spanish Armada when they were the world power of the day. He was also a pirate, and he bought and sold slaves with no apparent twinges of conscious. Even with his shortcomings, or perhaps because of them, he cut a long figure in his own day. With Crompton's energetic writing, Drake holds his own in today's world; he wasn't perfect, but worth knowing about. Drawings and photos accompany the text. Unfortunately, what is not there is significant--there are no maps in this book about exploration. While Crompton does a decent job of charting Drake's course in words, one has to have a strong image of a world map before it makes sense. The lack of maps is a major shortfall in this otherwise noteworthy book. Back matter includes a chronology and time line, a bibliography, further reading, and an index. 2006, Chelsea House Publishers, Ages 8 to 12.
—Amy S. Hansen
School Library Journal
Gr 6-8-These introductions focus on the explorers' voyages and how those journeys influenced further European exploration. The authors describe the myriad dangers of life at sea, the uncertainties of navigating unfamiliar waters, encounters with friendly and hostile native peoples, and the demands of the kings and queens who financed the expeditions. The writing is objective, describing the subjects' bravery and determination as well as their often-condescending and occasionally cruel treatment of the men they commanded and the people they encountered. Although there are chapter notes, sourcing is limited, and the authors use some geographical and nautical terms without adequate definition. A short multiple-choice quiz appears at the end of each chapter. The illustrations are a mixture of period art and generic contemporary photos. The maps of the voyages are not detailed, making it difficult for readers to follow some of the text. Each title has the same introduction. While these books are adequate for reports, they are not as strong as Albert Marrin's outstanding The Sea King: Sir Francis Drake and His Times (S & S, 1995) or Joan Elizabeth Goodman's lavishly illustrated A Long and Uncertain Journey: The 27,000-Mile Voyage of Vasco da Gama (Mikaya, 2001). Additional choices for most collections.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791086155
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Series: Explorers of New Worlds Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)