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Un Libro Ilustrado Sobre Cristobal Colon / A Picture Book of Christopher Columbus (Picture Book Biography) (Spanish Edition) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-01-14 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 4 user ratings
ISBN:0823409813
LANGUAGE:Spanish

" It doesn't show both perspectives in this book. It is very skewed it makes Columbus out to be a hero showing pictures of pictures of how he traded with the native people and built homes for them. Activity:Have your students write down the other side of the story, the students could do research and tell the Native peoples story of Christopher Columbus's arrival. " said.

" 2.5 stars rounded to 3. The author gave the bare minimum of information on Christopher Columbus. It was the basic information that is so well known it probably wouldn't even have to be cited in a paper. There was so much more that could have been included and still been appropriate for children. If one of my students had written this as a report, I would have given it straight back to them with a note to add more details. " said.

" If you child really loves to question and explore his surroundings then this is the book for them! Christopher Columbus always wondered if the sea ended. He began is life as sailor, but it was put on hold because of an injury when his ship was attacked by pirates. He took on sailing the sea to see if it ever ended. This is how he cam across America! To find out what happened when he arrived you’ll have to dive deeper into the story! " said.

"My little reader is actually reading this Literature read aloud to me with my reading the international city and country names as well as people names. She's doing quite well. We did a bit if partner reading and in delighted that she picked up wherever I stopped and read on, she was truly reading along with me.

We will come back again and read this again with the Enrichment Guide for Memoria Press First Grade and discuss more. I also have pulled aside a Kingfisher Boats Ships Submarines where we will read about floating and sinking for science.

I bought this book used from ThriftBooks.com.
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"The Spanish version of "A Picture Book of Christopher Columbus" by David Adler, part of the Holiday House picture biography series, is a fairly informative and well-written account of Columbus' life and voyages to the New World from a clearly Western (i.e., Eurocentric) perspective. It mentions in a single sentence that Columbus discovered the European men he had left behind after his 1st voyage were cruel to the natives and were subsequently killed in reprisal. Aside from this sentence, one would believe based on this account that the arrival of Columbus in the Americas was an altogether peaceful affair. With this in mind, however, the book is more informative than most when it comes to actual information about dates and individuals involved in planning and funding the voyage and the subsequent return trips across the Atlantic. The illustrations by John & Alexandra Wallner seem fairly appropriate and kid-friendly, and the translation by Teresa Mlawer was free from errors, as far as I could tell." said.

"This another great biography by David Adler. I think David Adler does a wonderful job creating biographies that are easy to read for the elementary student. This biography about Christopher Columbus provides great detail about his life as a young man to a sailor who finds new land; known as America. The illustrations in this book of very simple in color but detailed in what it is portraying. I like that the illustrations do not take up the entire page and are boxed in. The back of the book includes a timeline of events. I think that a timeline of events can be very informative when students are writing about the story or the events that took place. Students are able to refer to the timeline rather than searching for the date in the book. I would use this book to integrate language arts into social studies. I would have this book readily available in my classroom. Non-fiction needs to be a greater interest to students to improve their knowledge of history and facts. I would use this fun book as a fun and short introduction to Christopher Columbus's life. " said.

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1. { Genre }: Junior: Historical Fiction

2. { Summary }: Christopher Columbus was born in 1451 in Genoa, Italy. He grew up to be a sailor and discovered what we call today, America.

3a. { Area for comment }: Illustration, Organization

3b. { Critique }: This title wouldn’t be called a picture book without reason. The illustrations help drive this title. The organization of the book is unique in the sense that it takes on more of a story format rather than historical textbook.

3c. { Critique Example }:
The initial strength of this title lies within its illustrations. They are bold, yet use minimal colors to maintain the focus of the reading. The second strength of this title is in it’s organization. I appreciate the fact that it takes on a story-telling effect in which it begins with Christopher Columbus birth and ends with his death. The book is a quick read which may explain its rough transitions. However, it seems to complete its objective which I would assume was to include the major happenings of Christopher Columbus’ life. For young readers, this is a simple and effective way to educate through biographical text.


4. { Curriculum Connection }:
I would definitely see this in a history class. Though, I’m not sure which grade Christopher Columbus would be introduced, I would assume it would be before the 6th grade. This would be a great way to either introduce or summarize a lesson on Christopher Columbus. Sometimes, we may find information in literature that we wouldn’t find in a historical textbook. Also, as I mentioned before, the rough transitions could be looked upon as a negative characteristic to the title, but I see it as an opportunity for students to ask questions. Thus, it would spark further interest and engage research whether it be through the Internet or library shelves. I think these rough transitions provide opportunities to “fill-in-the-blank”.

An example of the rough transitions can be found on pg. 14 in which introduces Christopher Columbus’ wife’s death and leads straight into the making of his son, Ferdinand, with a Spanish peasants daughter. The previous page states the kings of France and England rejecting Columbus to sail west. Again, the title’s length excuses this, but the example is to only provide evidence for the observation. It is also important to note that the title is a whopping 29 pages.
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" It doesn't show both perspectives in this book. It is very skewed it makes Columbus out to be a hero showing pictures of pictures of how he traded with the native people and built homes for them. Activity:Have your students write down the other side of the story, the students could do research and tell the Native peoples story of Christopher Columbus's arrival. " said.

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