School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 4-8-Three 16th-century explorers are the subjects of these titles. Favor details the life of Vasquez de Coronado, including his voyage to New Spain, his post as governor, and his expedition to find the fabled Seven Cities of Gold. Goldberg includes information about de Soto's campaigns in Peru with Francisco Pizarro, his appointment as the governor of Cuba, sailing for Florida, and crossing the Mississippi River. Greenberger documents the explorations of Ponce de Leon, beginning with his voyage on Columbus's second expedition to the New World, his search for the fountain of youth, and his discovery of Florida. All three titles are divided into relatively short chapters, begin with an overview of the time period and a synopsis of one noteworthy event or discovery, and conclude with discussion of each explorer's legacy. Some color photographs, reproductions, and maps are included. The glossaries have no pronunciation guides, and Vasquez de Coronado appears to rely heavily on information obtained from the Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Each volume provides sufficient information for reports, and the large type might appeal to reluctant readers.-Shauna Yusko, King County Library System, Bellevue, WA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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