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Who Was Christopher Columbus? (Who Was?) by [Bonnie Bader, Who HQ, Nancy Harrison]

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Who Was Christopher Columbus?

Who Was Christopher Columbus?

Who Was
Christopher Columbus?

A tall man paced the deck of his ship. He and his men had been at sea for seventy days, since August 3, 1492. They had sailed over 2,650 miles from Spain. Now, land had been spotted. Had Christopher Columbus’s dream to reach the Indies finally come true?

For years he had begged the rulers of Portugal and Spain to give him money for this journey. He wanted to find a route from Europe to the Indies by sailing west. The Indies included China, Japan, and India. No one had done this before.

As the sun rose on October 12, 1492, Columbus and his crew made their way to shore.

Falling to his knees, he kissed the ground and cried. Oh, what riches awaited him! He would return to Spain a hero.

Columbus didn’t know that this was not the Indies. So where was he? Columbus and his crew were on land that no one in Europe knew about. Christopher Columbus had discovered a new world.

Chapter 1

An Explorer Is Born

In 1451, a boy named Cristoforo Colombo was born in the city of Genoa, Italy. In the English-speaking world, he is known as Christopher Columbus.

Christopher’s father was a wool weaver. His mother was the daughter of a weaver, and she helped with the work. It was expected that one day Christopher would take over the family business.

But young Christopher did not want to follow in his father’s footsteps. He loved the sea, the smell of the salty air. He loved the way the wind blew through his hair. Genoa was a busy port on the Mediterranean Sea. Christopher and his younger brother, Bartolomeo, loved going down to the docks. They watched ships come into port, bringing in goods such as silk, tea, and spices from the East. And they watched the ships leave, loaded with wool, copper, tin, and weapons. Christopher hoped to work on one of those ships one day.

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Bonnie Bader is the Associate Publisher of Warne and Editor-in-Chief for Early Readers at Penguin Young Readers Group. She has written several Who Was...? biographies and early readers for children. --This text refers to the library edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00EV4YYJO
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin Workshop (June 27, 2013)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 27, 2013
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 20792 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 111 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Bonnie Bader has written over 50 books for young people including 6 books in the popular Who Was? series and several licensed tie-ins. Some of her titles include: Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.?, Who Was Jacqueline Kennedy?, My Little Golden Book of Sharks, and Fly, Butterfly. She was the Associate Publisher at Penguin Young Readers for 14 years, where she edited many best-selling series and created the Penguin Young Readers leveled-reading program. Currently, Bonnie serves on the Board of Advisors for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and acts as the Publishing Advisor for the Society. In addition, Bonnie teaches classes to published and pre-published authors and illustrators. Bonnie holds a Master of Science in Education, and loves visiting classrooms to share her love of reading and writing.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Accurate, Easy to Read, and Interesting Pictures
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We purchased this book as a supplement to our homeschool studies on Columbus this year, and we're very pleased. I read it aloud to both my five and seven year olds, and my seven year old read it again independently as soon as we finished!

I appreciate that this book was not your typical, "Columbus was a sunshiney hero!" children's book-the information was accurate, and did include some of the wrong choices he made, like capturing Taino slaves, and deceiving their people into doing his will by saying God would send a sign from Heaven that they should listen to him (Columbus knew a lunar eclipse was about to take place, and used this information to deceive the Taino).

I highly recommend this book, and others in the "Who/What Was" series. They are easy to read, but packed full of accurate information and detailed illustrations-we love them!
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