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Animals Christopher Columbus Saw: An Adventure in the New World (Explorers) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-06-26 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 6 user ratings
ISBN:0811849163
LANGUAGE:English

" This book is a great way to explore the voyage of Columbus from a new point of view. " said.

" This informational book details animals that Christopher Columbus and his crew might have seen on their voyage to the new world. Includes interesting facts about animals ranging from seabirds, to whales and manatees, to insects, fish, and reptiles. Although it has large, interesting pictures, it is for school age reading.Interesting historical facts about Columbus's voyage are included as well. Good for using with Columbus Day activities. " said.

"This small book is a rather informative read about Christopher Columbus’s time, journey, ships and many of the animals they acquired or witnessed along the way. I had read several picture books about Columbus and his famous, albeit accidental, discover of the America’s but never one quite like this. Did you know there is such a thing as ship worms that eat away holes in the wood? Or that 3,000 silk worms must die to make 1 yard of silk??? The lovely illustrations and informative text make this a wonderful addition to any elementary/middle school library or classroom. " said.

" This is quite possibly the best Columbus read-aloud that I've ever come across. Very approachable reading, very informative, and equally entertaining. As a librarian, I'm thrilled with the educational possibilities that this presents. Its coverage doesn't seek to glamorize Columbus or make his voyage seem heroic. It just presents it honestly, and with a lot of great anecdotal information included on the side. It's sure to have appeal in the classroom. Great book selection for elementary level. " said.

"The first historical fiction story I ever wrote was in fifth grade and it was about Christopher Columbus; this was in the dark ages when the way history was taught should have not been taken remotely seriously. So, I’m sure whatever I wrote was also a bunch of nonsense. Now, this book is history the way it probably was: ships that weren’t always seaworthy, rats, Columbus capturing slaves, Columbus “discovering” an already settled area, etc. etc. but also giving credit for what was accomplished, and in this narrative there is much concentration on the natural world: the findings of natural resources and the many animals observed, and eaten. I like the way the exploration is shown as exciting but certainly not glamorous, and not wholly successful either.

The pictures are wonderful. My favorite illustration is the one with the dolphins and the (probably gray) whale.

This is a short (46 pages) non-fiction chapter book, containing 11 chapters, a glossary, a For More Information section, and an index. Key words in the book have their pronunciation included.

3 ½ stars
" said.

" This book is a great way to explore the voyage of Columbus from a new point of view. " said.

" This informational book details animals that Christopher Columbus and his crew might have seen on their voyage to the new world. Includes interesting facts about animals ranging from seabirds, to whales and manatees, to insects, fish, and reptiles. Although it has large, interesting pictures, it is for school age reading.Interesting historical facts about Columbus's voyage are included as well. Good for using with Columbus Day activities. " said.

"This small book is a rather informative read about Christopher Columbus’s time, journey, ships and many of the animals they acquired or witnessed along the way. I had read several picture books about Columbus and his famous, albeit accidental, discover of the America’s but never one quite like this. Did you know there is such a thing as ship worms that eat away holes in the wood? Or that 3,000 silk worms must die to make 1 yard of silk??? The lovely illustrations and informative text make this a wonderful addition to any elementary/middle school library or classroom. " said.

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