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

Betsy Maestro, Author, Giulio Maestro, Illustrator, Giulio Maestro, With HarperCollins $16.95 (48p) ISBN 978-0-688-06837-0
The talented creators of such nonfiction books as The Story of the Statue of Liberty and A More Perfect Union offer a lively picture-book introduction to new world exploration that successfully avoids the traditional Eurocentric approach. Beginning with a brisk explanation of population theories (including early migration from Asia to the Americas over a land bridge), the authors present information on both hunter-gatherer and agrarian societies, and the development and decline of great civilizations such as the Maya, Hopewell and Inca. Readers are introduced to such diverse explorers of the Americas as St. Brendan, Eric the Red, Leif Ericsson, Cabot, Vespucci, Balboa, Magellan and, of course, Columbus. All this is accomplished via the Maestros' characteristic mix of accessible prose complemented by maps and striking watercolor paintings. Also included are useful tables and explanatory notes. As the 500th anniversary of Columbus's famed discovery approaches, this attractive work is an essential resource. Ages 6-10. (May)
Reviewed on: 04/29/1991
Release date: 05/01/1991
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