The Discovery of the Americas: From Prehistory Through the Age of Columbus

The Discovery of the Americas: From Prehistory Through the Age of Columbus


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From the crossing of the Bering Land Bridge over 20,000 years ago to the arrival of the Europeans, this classic picture book paints the early discoveries of America in grand strokes. The text is useful for both the classroom and at home as it combines beautiful landscape illustrations with factual features: maps, timelines, chronological tables, and easy-to-use appendixes.

"The dazzlingly clean and accurate prose and the exhilarating beauty of the pictures combine for an extraordinary achievement in both history and art."—School Library Journal

"The Maestros do a real service here in presenting the more familiar explorers in the context of all the migrations that have populated the Western Hemisphere.... An outstanding introduction."—Kirkus Reviews

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780688115128
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/20/1992
Series: Betsy Maestro's American Story Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 206,815
Product dimensions: 9.25(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.00(d)
Lexile: AD1110L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

Betsy Maestro is the author of the "American Story" series, illustrated by her husband, Giulio. She has also written several other non-fiction picture books, including the Let's-Read-And-Find-Out science books How Do Apples Grow? and Why Do Leaves Change Color? The Maestros live in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

Giulio Maestro is the illustrator of over 100 children’s books. He has also written his own books of word play and has co-authored two I Can Read Books with his son, Marco: What Do You Hear When Cows Sing, and Other Silly Riddles and Geese Find the Missing Piece: School Time Riddle Rhymes. The Maestros live in Old Lyme, CT.

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Discovery of the Americas: From Prehistory Through the Age of Columbus 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A history of North America from land bridge theory to Magellan's trip around the world. Presented in a large picture book format the text is appropriate for ages 6 and up. The illustrations are vivid, bright, detailed and interesting. Maps help visualize all exploration routes. My son enjoyed the book very much and certainly retained the information. I found it an enjoyable book to read aloud and thought the narrative text was interesting. The only problems I had was that the land bridge theory was presented as fact rather than theory. As a Christian, I was content with the prehistory portions and simply substituted the words many years for exaggerated thousands of years. One page talked about the brutal, mean Christians and can easily be skipped and I found no anti-Catholicism. Overall, an enjoyable book to learn about the early explorers.