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Children's LiteratureWho was Hernando Cortes? A cruel and ambitious conquistador who sailed to the New World only to find gold and military glory? A great explorer who discovered Baja California? A cruel and ruthless man who conquered and wantonly destroyed the Aztec empire? Or the builder of an empire and a man "who played a key role in the development of modern Mexico?" This straightforward biography is part of the A Proud Heritage The Hispanic Library series, a series written to help "young readers gain a deeper appreciation of Spanish-speaking countries around the world and the contributions people from these countries have made ..." The book has large-print text and is illustrated with color photographs. Words highlighted in bold are defined in the glossary. Occasional full-page sidebars provide further information on some of the topics touched upon in the text. At the end of the book, readers will find a time line, the glossary, a brief list of books to check out for further information, and a link to the publisher's web page for "lots of links about Cortes." 2004, The Child's World, Ages 8 to 10.
—Anita Barnes Lowen