Columbus Day

You Wouldn't Want to Sail with Christopher Columbus! Uncharted Waters You'd Rather Not Cross

By Fiona Macdonald

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A humorous look at sailing on a ship in the 15th century.

So you want to go to sea -- Why do you want to explore? -- How would you pay for the voyage? -- How would you prepare your fleet? -- Could you handle a sailing ship? -- Which way would you steer? -- Could you cope on board? -- Would you lose hope? -- Could you survive on shore? -- Would you get home safely? -- Would you make more voyages? -- Would it all be worthwhile?

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Columbus: Opening Up the New World

By Stephen Feinstein

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On October 12, 1492, after five weeks of sailing on the Atlantic Ocean, a lookout aboard the Pinta, one of Christopher Columbus's three ships, spotted land. This biography tells the story of how Columbus sailed the Atlantic Ocean four times and claimed several Caribbean islands for the Spanish crown. Although Columbus was not the first European to discover the Americas, he established colonies and opened up the trade of products and ideas that would change the world forever.

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Westward with Columbus

By John Dyson

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In the summer of 1990, a crew of adventurers, including the author, faithfully reenacted Columbus's famous voyage in a replica of the Nina. From this modern voyage, the book flashes back to life aboard the original ships, where readers will meet a fictional cabin boy and witness the entire voyage through his eyes.
A Time Quest Book.

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The Story of Columbus

By Anita Ganeri

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In easy language, the book describes how Christopher Columbus survived danger on his voyages to the New World. A Dorling Kindersley, Level 2 beginning reader, good for students who are starting to read on their own but still need some help. Includes maps and many illustrations.

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Stories from the Days of Christopher Columbus: A Multicultural Collection for Young Readers

By Richard Alan Young and Judy Dockrey Young

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A collection of traditional tales, fables, and legends from the cultures brought together or affected by the voyages of Columbus, including those of Spain, Portugal, Italy, and the mainland and island Indian tribes he encountered. Part of the American Storytelling series.

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Meet Christopher Columbus

By Peter De Jonge

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The story of Columbus's voyages, his encounters with storms, Indians and political intrique is told in a clear and exciting fashion. Includes map of the world during Columbus's time and a detailed drawing of the Santa Maria. An excellent biography for beginning readers.

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If You Were There in 1492

By David Brenner

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Readers take a trip back in time to learn about the culture and civilization of 15th century Europe and Spain, and the discovery of America by Columbus.
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I, Columbus: My Journal, 1492-3

By Peter and Connie Roop

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All the excitement of Columbus' first voyage of discovery is captured in the master mariner's own diaries.
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I Sailed with Columbus

By Miriam Schlein

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In this fictionalized history, Julio, a twelve-year-old ship's boy, keeps a diary of his time aboard the Santa Maria. He learns to navigate by the stars, measure with knots, and sing songs to pass the time on the long voyage and is there at the Santa Maria's wreck.

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Encounter

By Jane Yolen

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What did the Taino people of present-day San Salvador think when they first encountered Columbus? Jane Yolen, a gifted writer, has imagined how a young native boy would have felt as a customary feast in the strangers' honor ends in his kidnapping. There is no record of how the Taino reacted to Columbus, but this fictionalized history gives another perspective to the legend of the explorer.

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