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Who Was Ferdinand Magellan? (Who Was/Is...?)

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When Portuguese sailor Ferdinand Magellan set sail from Spain in 1519, he believed he could get to the Spice Islands by sailing west through or around the New World. He was right, but what he didn't know was that the treacherous voyage would take him three years and cost him his life. Black-and-white line drawings illustrate Magellan's life and voyage, with sidebars and a ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published August 3rd 2004 by Grosset & Dunlap
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Montzalee Wittmann
Jan 22, 2017 Montzalee Wittmann rated it liked it
Who Was Ferdinand Magellan? by Sydelle Kramer was filled with interesting information but also sprinkled with a lot of unfounded speculation. My the time Magellan was sailing, the sailors knew the world was NOT flat but this was stated that they believed it was flat and fearful. There was also grammar errors. The info was interesting about his life and I did learn a lot but some things were not facts but fictionalized for the story, did it happen like that? Umm.... Good book over all. He was ce ...more
Tj Bayles
Mar 11, 2015 Tj Bayles rated it liked it
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Dec 03, 2015 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 1480 Ferdinand was born in a barn from a noble but poor family. he was the youngest child. 12 years later he was appointed a page for the queen. He took the spice route a lot. ( an long ocean path to get spices for the royal family.)

Later in life when his father and mother had well….. ( no pleasant way to say it….)
Passed away. he decided god had his back and he was destined to go to sea.
He wanted to sail to aisa. but he could not convince anyone to let him go! Neither did the king like him! B
Jun 03, 2016 Zack rated it really liked it
Magellan, a famous explorer and the first to travel to the Spice Islands by going west from Spain.

Magellan was a very un-noticed man even after his big journey. I liked how Magellan was doubted by the king of Portugal about how he couldn’t travel west to the Spice Islands but Magellan proved him wrong. I also liked how Magellan escaped from the people who tried to kill him because people thought he didn’t know what he was doing. I learned that Magellan soon became crazy by wanting every native t
Mrs. Trimble
Jul 07, 2013 Mrs. Trimble rated it liked it
Shelves: read-teen-ya
This was actually a pretty interesting book. I read it aloud to my kids and they seemed to really be interested in it as well. These biographies are packed full of information but in a way that's easy to understand. It was a great mini-history lesson.
Apr 28, 2016 Sue rated it it was amazing
Very sad story. I had no idea how much stuff was required for these trips. Very nice details.
Laura Verret
I love buying biographies from a series. So far I have a passel of books from the Childhood of Famous Americans biography series, and I also have a few from The Story of Biography Series. But I really like the format of the Who Was? series. More about that after the mini bio. :)

His Life.

Nobody is quite sure when Ferdinand Magellan was born. It seems likely that it was somewhere around 1480. The country of his birth – Portugal – and his position in life – that of impoverished nobility – are more
Mar 27, 2014 Verkizen rated it it was amazing
Who was Ferdinand Magellan by Sydelle Kramer is an excellent middle grade biography. It follows Ferdinand Magellan's life from birth to death, although it primarily focuses on his desire to travel the world and his eventual voyage.

I've been having lots of kids asking about this series recently which is why I picked this one up. I can definitely see the appeal! It's got a lot of facts (although I'll admit to being a little leary about trusting the facts too much) and gorgeous art work. I'd say o
Daiki Yamaguchi
Oct 06, 2013 Daiki Yamaguchi rated it really liked it
Grosset&Dunlap Penguin Group

Date&time: 10/5(Sat.)=81min.

7-word summary
1.Europe 2.India 3.Voyage 4.Stormy 5.Brazil 6.Island 7.Battle

Discussion Question
Q: He made a long voyage and found some continents while he was disliked by many people and was wounded. If you had been him, could you have done like him?

A: To do such a hard voyage, I have to be very tough. I could not have done like him.

When I learned about Magellan in World history class, I thought he was so stupid that he did not liste
Angela Hutchinson
This is a book about Ferdinand Magellan and his voyage to find a strait to make trading easier for Spain. Magellan had to jump through many hoops and make a lot of preparations before his journey could began. He had a difficult time finding men to man the ships while on the journey. The ships were loaded down with food, boat supplies, war materials, and much more. Magellan discovered the strait and is now name the Strait of Magellan. Unfortunately, Magellan never returned to Spain. He was killed ...more
Dec 13, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it
I read this book to my kids tonight. We're studying Portugal this week, and one of the important aspects of Portugal's history is the number of men who became explorers/conquerors for the countries of Portugal and Spain. This book, as well as many others in this series of biographical books, is written in a story-like fashion so that it holds kids' interest better than some of the other historical biography books on the market. I learned some things about Magellan that I don't remember learning ...more
Apr 03, 2016 Matthew rated it it was ok
This book was an ok book. Ferdinand seemed like kind of a crazy man. He traveled around the world the world be boat and not even knowing anything about anything. Then he starts going island to island trying to spread his religion to the natives. Then he basically committees suicide trying fight a couple thousand natives. And he would kill and of his crew that didn't do everything he said. Even if it was to jump over the side of the boat.
Ryo Suzuki
Dec 10, 2012 Ryo Suzuki rated it liked it
Publish: Grosset&Dunlap
Time: 12/08=60 12/09=30
7-word summary: Portugal-poor-hero-sail-courage-circumnavigate-globe
Discussion Questions:
1. Are you full of adventure?
Well, I guess I am full of adventure,because I like trying new things.
2. Do you wanna make a voyage around the world?
Positively! However, if I had a chance to do that, I should save up for a voyage...
Maricarmen Estrada M
Dec 05, 2013 Maricarmen Estrada M rated it really liked it
I enjoyed greatly this book. It's not only the story of Magellan's life but a picture of that time. I learned many things and actually am encouraged to investigate more about the places he visited and his amazing journey around the world.
The book i read was about a person named Magellan who wants to sail around the world. He moves to Spain he came from Portugal. he started a voyage around the world. Did He Make it? Find out in the book! I recommend to people who likes Adventures.
May 30, 2016 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Probably the best book I've read so far in this series. It's jam packed with information and details about Magellan's voyage, which I've discovered was totally brutal and underrated.

Good read! Learned a lot!
Jan 22, 2017 Lori rated it really liked it
Good history for kids.
Jun 16, 2012 Charlotte rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-biographies
I've never known so much about Ferdinand Magellan!
Jul 22, 2014 Nathaniel rated it really liked it
It was good. He sailed around the world. It took a lot of persuading to get the ships and people.
Nevada Libert
Jun 29, 2014 Nevada Libert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
this is such a good book about maggellan. great history, easy 10 chapter book.
Jul 12, 2014 Caleb rated it liked it
I Liked it
Lucas Marchese
It was good!
Slow Man
May 29, 2015 Slow Man rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
A little bit of Geography. A little bit of History. With the same old ugly human nature - Greed, selfishness and War.
Roshan Karathambalath
it was a cool story about his life
Mar 21, 2011 Eoin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This man had quite an interesting life.I love these short,little biographies.
Sep 27, 2016 Brooke rated it really liked it
Interesting, good info, good pics, easy to read and pay attention to.
Agnes Budianto
Bukunya ceritanya bagus, karena ini pertama kalinya saya tidak mengantuk sambil membaca. Cuman ada typo dalam buku ini.
Mar 22, 2015 Kevyn added it
A good book.
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