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Children's LiteratureAlthough this book has only 103 pages of text, it is packed with information both in the body of the work and in the additional notes separated from the body by a tinted bordered inset. By using people to convey the story the author enables the reader to put him/herself into the situations that arose in the discovery and colonization of the New World. Both those who left England to claim land in the colony and those American Indians who already lived on the land are included in the text, as are individuals, like Sir Humphrey Gilbert and Arthur Barlowe, who generally do not appear in usual intermediate-level histories of the period. The content of each chapter is disclosed by sub-headings set apart by italic letters and red ink under the main chapter heading. Profuse illustrations are often taken from original engravings and prints from the period and all sources are identified, as are quotes and resources both from print and other media. Many study helps are incorporated: a time line of major events and a detailed index, which includes subjects that might be associated with the period and are entered next to the reference to the subject in the text. This feature allows the flow of the subject to continue without continual referral to a different section of the book. Quotations (in their original spellings) from writings of these brave pioneers bring them to life in a unique way and fulfill one of the author's goals set forth in the introduction. This book is part of the "Voices from Colonial America" series. 2005, National Geographic, and Ages 12 up.