School Library Journal - School Library JournalK-Gr 2 Parker has Ben, a freckled boy dressed like Columbus, answer his friend Amy's questions about Columbus Day. So little information is presented that the text is inadequate rather than simple. For example, although Ben uses a globe to show Amy the location of Spain and mentions that Columbus wanted to find a shorter way to the Indies, he does not locate the Indies, tell why Columbus wanted to go there or explain that he never reached his goal. Bates' ink and watercolor illustrations serve only to make the event seem trivial. All of the characters look childish and stupid rather than humorous. Even the hardships of the voyage seem to be mocked by the illustration of a stereotypical Italian or Spaniard holding a fish with an expression of distaste to illustrate bad food. Let's Find Out About Christopher Columbus (Watts, 1964; o.p.) by Martha and Charles Shapp and A Man Named Columbus (Putnam, 1960; o.p.) by Gertrude Norman may have rather drab illustrations, but they are more informative and useful for those who are looking for a simple presentation of basic information about Columbus Day. Jean Hammond Zimmerman, Willett School Library, South River, N.J.
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In real life Ben and Amy are brother and sister and have grown to be very respectable young adults. Ben has 2 boys and Amy has 2 girls and a boy and all 5 of them are my grandchildren. Bud Cox