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Land ho! : fifty glorious years in the age of exploration with 12 important explorers
Parker, Nancy Winslow.
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Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2001.
Physical Description:
28 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 23 x 26 cm
Explains how the voyages of Columbus, Cabot, Ponce De Leon, and other European explorers to the American continents were the result of mistakes, accidents, and misses and discusses the explorers' cruel treatment of native peoples.
General Note:
Includes index.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.2 0.5 54781.

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G175 .P3375 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Did you know that Columbus was not actually searching for America when he found it? Or that many of the explorers after him were looking for a sea route to China instead? During the golden age of exploration, men set sail with hopes of finding different travel routes, treasures, and spices. The fact that they came ashore on uncharted land was not only one of the greatest accidents of all time, it also led to one of the greatest discoveries -- the New World!

From Columbus to Cabrillo, this book follows the adventures and misadventures of twelve famous explorers from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Nancy Winslow Parker has mapped out a truly enjoyable and educational journey filled with dozens of detailed and colorful illustrations depicting the explorers' ships, equipment, and travel routes.

Author Notes

Illustrator and children's writer Nancy Winslow Parker was born in Maplewood, New Jersey, on October 18, 1930. She graduated from Mills College in California. She continued her art education at the Art Students League and the School of Visual Arts in New York.

After a succession of varied jobs, she became art director for Appleton-Century-Crofts and, later, graphic designer for Holt, Rienhart and Winston.

Her first book, The Man with the Take-Apart Head, was published in 1974. Other works include Willy Bear (1977) and My Mom Travels a Lot (1983), both winners of the Christopher Award. Winslow has won numerous other awards, including the American Library Association Notable Book, Honorable Mention by the New York Academy of Science's Children's Science Book Award, and the New York Times Best Illustrated list.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3-5. This colorfully illustrated history book briefly introduces 12 European explorers who reached the New World--among them, Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, Amerigo Vespucci, Hernando de Soto, Francisco de Coronado, and Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo. Each double-page spread includes two or three paragraphs of information as well as lively maps and colored pencil drawings of the explorers, their ships, and other aspects of their adventures, including a simple yet fascinating page of navigational instruments. Especially interesting are what was kept in the Magellan fleet's ships' stores: 989 cheeses, 525 pounds of flour, and 15 tons of biscuits, among the foods to feed 230 men on five ships for two years. Students looking for detailed information on the explorers will need more extensive resources, but this volume provides a visually inviting overview of European exploration of the Americas during the golden age of exploration, from 1492-1543. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-4-Employing the same type of illustrations and clear text as in Bugs! (Turtleback, 1988) and Money, Money, Money (HarperCollins, 1995), this book offers readers a general explanation of the early days of exploration through accounts of the voyages of 12 adventurers. A spread is devoted to each individual. One side presents some facts about the man and a brief discussion of his travels, and sometimes bits of trivia. (Columbus had red hair and Ponce de Le-n had a ferocious dog named Bercerillo.) Maps of the voyage routes with dates appear opposite these pages of information. The colorful spreads are full of small, labeled drawings and informative captions. The many simple but appealing illustrations include a cross section and side view of a typical ship, and some of the provisions and instruments needed on board. Readers will love finding out about shipworms and the Mayan Empire, and seeing how far and diverse exploration was during that time. For reports on specific explorers, this title is limited, but for young readers interested in fun and informative nonfiction, it's a winner.-Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.