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The European Rediscovery of America

The European Rediscovery of America

by Kelly Wittman

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Children's Literature
European explorers such as Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, Amerigo Vespucci, Pedro Alvarez Cabral, and the Corte-Real brothers sailed to the continents they would call the New World. This volume of the "Exploration and Discovery" series begins with the cry, "Land!" What a fitting start for such a discovery. The first half of the book is devoted to Christopher Columbus. The author covers his discovery as well as European intentions for his voyage. One chapter provides a profile of this historic character. In the second half of the book, we meet some of Columbus' rivals, others who set foot on American soil in the early yeas of exploration. The book is 64-pages, is set in large type, is double-spaced for ease of reading and is available in library-bound version. With a chronology, glossary, further-reading list, Internet-resource list, and index, it will serve as a good source for school research projects. Graphics are varied; the book contains old maps, a few photographs and sketches, and many oil paintings that parallel the history and the times. 2003, Mason Crest Publishers,
— Susan Schott Karr
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Good, general overviews of various expeditions of discovery in the 15th and 16th centuries. California covers the mostly Spanish exploration of the North American West Coast; Asia discusses the Portuguese explorers beginning with Prince Henry the Navigator; and Rediscovery deals with the exploration of the New World. The authors take omniscient and mostly objective points of view. Occasionally, they take some liberties and tell what an explorer or people might have been thinking, but for the most part they present the facts without judging the actions of those involved. Color illustrations consist of current photographs of the explored areas discussed and reproductions of period maps, paintings of the voyages, and portraits of the explorers. Most of the Web sites listed are no longer available. The writing in all of the books is clear and concise without being oversimplified, though the volumes do not provide enough depth or detail for use for reports.-Heather E. Miller, Homewood Public Library, AL

Product Details

Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date:
Exploration and Discovery Series
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.54(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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