Juan Ponce de Leon

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Provides an introduction to the life of sixteenth-century Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon, who played an important role in the history of Puerto Rico and who discovered and named Florida.

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Provides an introduction to the life of sixteenth-century Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon, who played an important role in the history of Puerto Rico and who discovered and named Florida.

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Children's Literature
This book in the "Fact Finders" series describes the life and achievements of Juan Ponce de Leon, the Spanish explorer. Chapter one, "Magic Waters," tells some of the stories about the Fountain of Youth, which Ponce de Leon supposedly was searching for when he found Florida. Chapter two, "A Spanish Beginning," explains Ponce de Leon life in Spain, including how he heard about Columbus's discovery of the New World and joined his second voyage. Chapter three, "The New World," describes Ponce de Leon's life on the island of Espanola as a soldier fighting the native people. Chapter four, "Puerto Rico and Beimeni," explains how Ponce de Leon became the governor of San Juan Bautista, but lost the position to Columbus's son and went north to Beimeni. Chapter five, "Florida," describes the discovery of Florida and of the Gulf Stream. Chapter six, "The Last Voyage," details Ponce de Leon's last journey to Florida and his death there. Numerous color illustrations, maps, a timeline, and a "Fast Facts" section all help make this book a great biography. 2005, Capstone Press, Ages 8 up.
—Amie Rose Rotruck
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-These books may be accurate, but they aren't exactly motivating. In short chapters, the authors give children a steady march through the explorers' journeys. Lots of the information is repeated in picture captions, the time line in the back, and the Fast Facts page. Simple maps and a few reproductions or modern photos help break up the monotony of the historical paintings and plodding narratives. The use of "Fact!" boxes makes readers wonder what the rest of the text is conveying and adds to the choppiness of the entire presentation. Going to the recommended Web sites provides deeper knowledge of the subject, but the reading levels there are much higher than in the books. Especially disheartening are the unattractive cover portraits in which not even Leif Eriksson appears exciting or dangerous.-Erlene Bishop Killeen, Fox Prairie Elementary School, Stoughton, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Marc Tyler Nobleman has written books on everything from ghosts to Groundhog Day, belly flops to the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Superman to summertime activities. Besides writing books, he is also a cartoonist whose work has appeared in more than 100 magazines.
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Marc Tyler Nobleman is the author of more than 50 books for young people. He writes regularly for Nickelodeon Magazine and has written for The History Channel. He is also a cartoonist whose single panels have appeared in more than 100 international publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Good Housekeeping, and Forbes. He lives with his wife and daughter in Connecticut.

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