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4.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  250 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
A life of the Genoese weaver's son who sought to prove the world is round, telling how he studied map-making in Portugal, waited long years for financial and material support from Isabella of Spain, and finally made four voyages to the New World.
Paperback, 61 pages
Published April 1st 1987 by Doubleday Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1955)
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Cathy aka The Attached Mama
It sort of pains me to only give this book 4 stars; it is really so good. (I am one of those people who either passionately loves a book or hates it. There is rarely an in between.)

These d'Aulaire books are GORGEOUSLY illustrated, and I feel like I am looking at a work of art as I flip through the pages. All of the d'Aulaire biographies are books that I am proud to own and collect. HOWEVER, I give it 4 stars because I feel like they are a bit awkward to read aloud. The information in the book i
Oct 12, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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We really enjoy all the D'Aulaire books. Read this one again for Columbus day 10/12/15
Sep 18, 2014 Kierstin rated it it was amazing
Read for school with girls. Great book and loved the art work!
Oct 19, 2014 Brigette rated it really liked it
Beautiful illustrations, beautifully told.
Mar 30, 2009 Cindi rated it it was amazing
We are really learning to love these books by the D'Aulaires. In looking at the information on the dust jacket today I learned that they did two years of research and then another one year of drawing and writing to put this book together. I think that's so wonderful! It was so interesting to read about Columbus. The daughter that I read this book to tonight was telling me how she wants to read "Leif the Lucky" and also how she wants to own some of these books! Cool!
Mary Beth
Oct 23, 2015 Mary Beth rated it really liked it
Shelves: history-grade-2
My son and I enjoyed this book. It was a good introduction to Columbus and his strengths and , to some degree, his weaknesses. It did include info about Native Americans being forced into slavery, it went a little deeper into Columbus's four journeys to the new world than most kids' books.
Oct 10, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing
This is such a beautiful book. It's a great way to introduce kids to information and history: delightful pictures and an engaging story.
Meredith Henning
He really enjoyed this one. Did a beautiful portrait of Columbus based on one of the illustrations in the book!
Jenny - Book Sojourner
Well-narrated story of Columbus. Beautifully illustrated. My kids and I enjoyed it.
Nov 21, 2008 Olivia rated it it was ok
This was a pretty good book, but not my favorite...
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