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10 Explorers Who Changed the World
ISBN: 9780753461037
Author: Gifford, Clive
Publisher: Kingfisher
Published: October 2008
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Annotation: Everyone knows who Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus were. But do they know that Christopher Columbus owned a copy of Polo's book The Travels of Marco Polo, full of Columbus's own handwritten notes that served as inspiration and research for his famous journey? This amazing link and nine more are the basis for this highly original look at great explorers. By drawing a line from Polo and Magellan to Lewis and Clark and right down to Jacques Yves-Cousteau, readers will never think about history the same way again.
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Physical Information: 0.49" H x 10.98" L x 8.74" W 63 pages
 
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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 February)

Gr 4–6—These collective biographies present highly visual four- to six-page accounts of each subject's early life, major discoveries or accomplishments, and legacy. A helpful feature describes a connection between each person and the one who follows in the book. For example, in Explorers, Gifford cites the influence of Marco Polo's writings on Christopher Columbus. In addition to the 10 main entries, an appended section provides one-paragraph summaries of additional explorers and leaders. Colorful, attractive cartoon graphics represent significant events in each individual's life, but are sometimes overly dramatic. Explorers has a Western European focus, while Leaders has a bit more diversity. It includes Mohandas Gandhi, Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, Franklin Roosevelt, Mao Zedong, Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Mikhail Gorbachev, Fidel Castro, and Nelson Mandela. Women are featured only in the "other" sections. A minor error crops up in the claim in Leaders that Kennedy was the youngest U.S. president. Gifford's balance is admirable in that he presents the bad as well as the good in each life. Overall, these are attractive, competently written summaries of some of history's major personalities.—Jeffrey A. French, formerly at Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library, Willowick, OH

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