Who Really Discovered America?

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Ancient nomads, Leif Erikson, and Christopher Columbus battle terrible weather, wild animals, and stormy seas as they make their way to a new land. All these players are driven to explore the unfamiliar territory we now call America. But only one player can win the race. Who really discovered America?

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Overview

Ancient nomads, Leif Erikson, and Christopher Columbus battle terrible weather, wild animals, and stormy seas as they make their way to a new land. All these players are driven to explore the unfamiliar territory we now call America. But only one player can win the race. Who really discovered America?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
Every school child knows that Columbus discovered America. What many children do not learn until years later is that Vikings were exploring the North American continent four hundred years before Columbus set sail on his famous voyage. What many more people do not realize is that it was impossible for Columbus or the Vikings to "discover" America because there were millions of people already living in North and South America. Asselin presents the journeys all three groups took to reach the New World as an historic race. While the three groups are divided by thousands of years, the reasons behind their journey and the difficulties they faced are strikingly similar. Filled with images of each group of explorers and race facts offering additional information about each group, the brief text provides a basic overview of Columbus, the Vikings who explored America, and the first group of people to travel to America during the last ice age. This text is part of the "Fact Finders. Race for History" series. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429662475
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Series: Race for History Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,000,550
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Kristine Carlson Asselin is the author of nonfiction children’s books and young adult and middle grade fiction. She is a graduate of Fitchburg State University and received her master’s degree from the University of Connecticut.

A member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Kristine loves attending workshops to hone her craft and meet other writers. She is on deck to direct the 2014 New England SCBWI Conference. She loves books—mostly middle grade and young adult. She's a sucker for a good love song. And she can’t resist an invitation for Chinese food or ice cream. But not together. Kristine lives with her husband and daughter in a suburb near Boston.

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Table of Contents

The Race 4

Chapter 1 Leaving For a New World 6

Chapter 2 Startling Discoveries 12

Chapter 3 Exploring a New Land 18

The Winner 24

Timeline 28

Glossary 30

Read More 31

Internet Sites 31

Index 32

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