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The story of Christopher Columbus : admiral of the open sea
Osborne, Mary Pope.
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Publication Information:
Milwaukee : Gareth Stevens Pub., 1997.
Physical Description:
103 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Traces the life of the Italian sailor who is most remembered for his voyages to the New World on behalf of Spain.
General Note:
Originally published: New York : Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub. Group, c1987, in series: Dell yearling biography. With additional end matter.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.3 2.0 16303.
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E111 .O83 1997 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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Author Notes

Mary Pope Osborne was born in Fort Sill, Oklahoma on May 20, 1949. She grew up in a military family, and by the time she was 15 she had lived in Oklahoma, Austria, Florida, and four different army posts in Virginia and North Carolina. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she majored in religion. After graduation, she traveled around Europe and Asia. Before becoming an author, she worked as a window dresser, a medical assistant, a Russian travel consultant, a waitress, an acting teacher, a bartender, and an assistant editor for a children's magazine.

Her first book, Run, Run as Fast as You Can, was published in 1982. She is the author of the Magic Tree House series and the Merlin Missions series. Her husband, actor Will Osborne, helps her write the nonfiction companion series, Magic Tree House Research Guides. Her other books include The Deadly Power of Medusa, Jason and the Argonauts, Haunted Waters, and Moonhorse.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Gr. 3-5. In an objective, sober text Osborne lays out the facts of Columbus' turbulent life. Driven by his obsession to find a water route to the East and blinded by his quest for gold, Columbus, an exceptional commander and navigator, was not a good colony builder. His first voyage brought a hero's welcome from Ferdinand and Isabella, but tragic difficulties plagued Columbus on voyages two through four and continued until his death in 1506. PW. 910.92 (B) Columbus, Christopher [OCLC]

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5 Osborne concentrates on the adult life and voyages of Christopher Columbus. She explains the religious and commercial reasons for the voy ages and discusses the disappointment felt by Columbus (and Spain) when it became clear that he had not reached the Far East, explaining that often his tory judges events differently than con temporary opinion. Osborne's writing is clear, and the style is like an adult biography, with historical analysis and perspective included. Careful research has been done, and there is a note about sources. This book is without the fic tionalizing and false heroics found in such books as Sperry's The Voyages of Christoper Columbus ( Random, 1950; o.p.) and the D'Aulaires' Columbus (Doubleday, 1955). Osborne presents Columbus as a hero, but also as a man who had both strengths and weakness es in his nature. In addition, Osborne shows no bias toward any group and explains how the behaviors of some groups which would now be considered unacceptable were accepted practices at the time. Her treatment of the Indi ans is fair. Black-and-white illustra tions add little to the text, and there is no index. Overall, this title would be a good addition to libraries needing biog raphies which are written from a mod ern standpoint and are without many of the prejudices and distortions common in older books for children. Mary Mueller, Rolla Jr . High School, Mo. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.