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The Canary Who Sailed with Columbus

The Canary Who Sailed with Columbus

by Susan Wiggs, Sharon A. Anderson (Illustrator), Melissa Roberts (Editor), Sharon Loy Anderson (Illustrator)

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-4 --This account of Columbus' journey and the canary mascot that accompanied him is seriously flawed, both as historical fiction and as a picture book. The pet of a poor cobbler who can no longer afford to feed him (that in itself is hard to accept), Carlos is purchased by Columbus. It is Carlos who flies ahead and sights land. Rewarded by Queen Isabella for his role in the adventure, he is set free to return to the cobbler with riches enough to live out their days in comfort. While the historical outline here is fairly accurate, the story lacks imagination. The meaning of some Spanish words sprinkled through the text is not always clear and the afterword raises more questions than it answers. Although the illustrations are adequate in depicting the period and setting, they are jarring and amateurish and, with a few exceptions, the color is either garish or muddy. The proliferation of new titles on Columbus, in anticipation of the 500th anniversary of his discoveries, has begun. As this is a subject area in which collections are already likely to be strong, any additions will have to be of the highest quality. This one isn't.-- Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY

Product Details

Eakin Press
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Edition description:
1st Edition
Product dimensions:
8.74(w) x 11.14(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
9 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Although she began her career as a math teacher, Susan Wiggs has been writing all her life and is now an award-winning author with millions of copies of her books in print. The author of multiple series, she is perhaps best known for the popular Willow Lake and Bella Vista series. Her books have appeared on bestseller lists around the world and she has won multiple RITA Awards.

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