Children's Literature - Anita Barnes LowenLegend says that Juan Ponce de Leon sailed to the New World to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. But it is more likely that he, like other Spanish explorers, crossed the Atlantic Ocean to find wealth and power. This attractive book traces Ponce de Leon's life from his youth in Spain through his journeys of exploration and discovery, to his time as governor of Puerto Rico, and later as military governor of Florida. Throughout the book are "Would You?" pages which pose questions for young readers to think about and/or discuss. "Would you have been able to cross the great Atlantic Ocean without getting seasick?" " How would you handle being on a ship for weeks on end?" Illustrated with captioned drawings and photographs, this book is a quick and fairly easy-to-read introduction to the man who is remembered as the first European to set foot in Florida and as the man who discovered the Gulf Stream. An explorer time line runs along the bottom of the book's pages, beginning with Marco Polo's birth in 1254 and ending with Admiral Peary's death in 1920. At the end of the book, readers will find a glossary, pronunciation guide, a link to the publisher's web site where one can learn more about Ponce de Leon, and an index.
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