________________ CM . . . . Volume XII Number 8 . . . . December 9, 2005

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Christopher Columbus: Sailing to the New World. (In the Footsteps of Explorers).

Adrianna Morganelli.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2005.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $9.86 (pbk.), $20.76 (RLB).
ISBN 0-7787-2445-X (pbk.), ISBN 0-7787-2409-3 (RLB).

Subject Headings:
Columbus, Christopher, ca. 1451-1506-Juvenile literature.
Explorers-America-Biography-Juvenile literature.
Explorers-Spain-Biography-Juvenile literature.
America-Discovery and exploration-Spanish-Juvenile literature.

Grades 4-6 / Ages 9-11.

Review by Rosemary Hollett.

**** /4

   
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Henry Hudson: Seeking the Northwest Passage. (In the Footsteps of Explorers).

Carrie Gleason.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2005.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $9.86 (pbk.), $20.76 (RLB).
ISBN 0-7787-2444-1 (pbk.), ISBN 0-7787-2408-5 (RLB).

Subject Headings:
Hudson, Henry, d. 1611-Travel-Juvenile literature.
Canada-Discovery and exploration-British-Juvenile literature.
Explorers-Canada-Biography-Juvenile literature.
Explorers-Great Britain-Biography-Juvenile literature.

Grades 4-6 / Ages 9-11.

Review by Rosemary Hollett.

**** /4

   
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Lewis and Clark: Opening the American West. (In the Footsteps of Explorers).

Ellen Rodger.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2005.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $9.86 (pbk.), $20.76 (RLB).
ISBN 0-7787-2446-8 (pbk.), ISBN 0-7787-2410-7 (RLB).

Subject Headings:
Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806)-Juvenile literature.
West (U.S.)-Discovery and exploration-Juvenile literature.
West (U.S.)-Description and travel-Juvenile literature.
Explorers-West (U.S.)-Biography-Juvenile literature.

Grades 4-6 / Ages 9-11.

Review by Rosemary Hollett.

**** /4

   
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Francis Pizarro: Journeys Through Peru and South America. (In the Footsteps of Explorers).

John Zronik.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2005.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $9.86 (pbk.), $20.76 (RLB).
ISBN 0-7787-2447-6 (pbk.), ISBN 0-7787-2411-5 (RLB).

Subject Headings:
Pizarro, Francisco, ca. 1475-1541-Travel-Juvenile literature.
Incas-Juvenile literature.
Explorers-Peru-Biography-Juvenile literature.
Explorers-Spain-Biography-Juvenile literature.
Peru-History-Conquest, 1522-1548-Juvenile literature.

Grades 4-6 / Ages 9-11.

Review by Rosemary Hollett.

**** /4

excerpt:

A Spirited Sailor

Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer whose dream was to sail west across the Atlantic Ocean to Asia to trade for spices, gold, and silk. During his travels, he accidentally stumbled upon America, which he believed was Asia. (From Christopher Columbus: Sailing to a New World.)

 

And so begins Christopher Columbus: Sailing to a New World, by Adrianna Morganelli. This is one of four volumes in the new “In the Footsteps of the Explorers” series from Crabtree Publishing. As one might expect from Crabtree, this series follows a successful formula which captures the interest and imaginations of young readers everywhere. Each book is introduced as an “action and discovery-oriented history and biography series,” and each title fulfils that promise. The format is consistent throughout with a Table of Contents, a glossary highlighting key vocabulary and a brief, but effective index. Each book is visually appealing, and there are plenty of maps and illustrations as well as fact boxes and trivia tidbits.

Barrels stored onboard contained water, ale, salt, dried meat and vegetables, and cheese. The water soon turned green and could not be drunk The salt was used to preserve fish caught at sea. (From Henry Hudson: Seeking the Northwest Passage.)

Lewis and members of the Corps of Discovery spent days catching prairie dogs, which were later sent back alive to Jefferson. (From Lewis and Clark: Opening the American West.)


     Each expedition is well documented, and students will discover aspects of the daily life of the explorers not found in similar publications. Even authentic recipes are included which may encourage cross-curriculum planning. It is interesting to note as well that each volume includes a section on the native peoples encountered on the various expeditions and the explorer’s impact on their lives.

     In Christopher Columbus: Sailing to a New World, students will read about Columbus’s famous journey and what life was like for explorers at sea in the 1400s. Included is information on the evolution of the world map.

     In Henry Hudson: Seeking the Northwest Passage, students will discover Hudson’s exciting voyages and the many hardships he and his crew encountered. Included is information on early navigational equipment.

     In Lewis and Clark: Opening the American West, students can read about the opening of the American West and the cultures of the Shoshone, Teton Sioux and the Minitari nations.

     In Francisco Pizarro: Journeys through Peru and South America, students will learn of Pizarro’s attack on the Incas and of Francis Drake and other pirates of the era.

It is important to point out the conclusion of each volume in the series. The last two chapters discuss “after the expedition” and the legacy left by each explorer, thereby bringing history to life and making each contribution “real” to the student.

     This series is a great addition to every elementary school library. The volumes are high quality, with colorful, hard-wearing covers and library binding.

Highly Recommended.

Rosemary Hollett is the librarian at St. Emile School in Winnipeg, MB.

 

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