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Where Do You Think You're Going, Christopher Columbus?

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Discusses the voyages of Christopher Columbus who determined to beat everyone in the race to the Indies.
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published October 31st 1980 by Putnam Juvenile (first published October 12th 1980)
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Grade/interest level: Upper Elementary/Middle School (4-8)
Reading level: Lexile 890/Grade level equivalent 5.6
Genre: Informational/Biography

Main Characters: Christopher Columbus
Setting: Various
POV: Third person

This is a traditional depiction of the discovery of the America’s by Christopher Columbus. The biography tells of his travels, his expectations and his discoveries. It explains that Columbus originally set out to travel to the Indies in hope of gold and spices, but encounters many
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This book is all about Christopher Columbus' life as he sets out for his voyage to the Indies. He wants to travel here to find gold and other goods that can be brought back to Spain. The three ships that are used for the voyage are the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. Throughout the expedition, Columbus and his crew run into some problems.

Christopher Columbus is and explorer that is commonly know by children. They will become interested in the ships that he is using on his voyage to carry p
While this book is clearly based on nonfictional events, some of it is clearly supposition, thus I have classified is as historical fiction.

wide reading for CI 546

grade level: content would be elementary but reading level probably late elementary to middle school.

genre: realistic historical combination of nonfiction and fiction.

themes: discovery, exploration, history of the Americas

school use: I used a few paragraphs of this as a read-aloud with my 7th graders. There's some vocabulary that requi
Jessica Lynch
Where do you think you're going, Christopher Columbus is about his journey to find a trading route from Spain to the Indies. It discuss how he landed in the new world thinking that it was Japan.

Christopher Columbus is someone that all of the students know about. He is also someone that some students would want to learn about outside of class because he is believed to be the founder of the new world. The author is very good at presenting Christopher Columbus as a real person.The information pres
Deborah Duke
This biography by Jean Fritz is a good fit for middle-grade students. The book is not overly simplistic, nor is it bogged down with too many details. Fritz writes in a mildly entertaining manner which kept my son engaged in the material. The view of Columbus is relatively balanced. With a little bit of coaching, my son was able to conclude that, “although he was a good sailor, Christopher Columbus was not a good leader.”
Jan 28, 2015 Ryanhong rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teacher
1. What is the main idea? Columbus's life and journey.
2. What is a fact? He is Italian.
3. What happened after Columbus went there? War began.
4. Why did war start? People thinks Christopher is stealing their land.
5. What is different between Columbus and some people in Italy? They sometimes disagree.
6. What do you think will happen next? War will start.
7. What does Christopher mean? Christ bearing.
8. You can tell that Columbus is cruel.
9. What is an opinion? Columbus is cruel.
10. What is a lesson
Glad my son had to read this for school...I got a lot out of it, hearing more than just the glorified tales of Christopher Columbus.
Just right for an 11 year old who likes history. My son finished it in one sitting and said it was "very thorough."
There's plenty of information packed into this compact 80 page illustrated account of the famous "discovery" of the new world.
Of course C. Columbus died believing it was China, Japan, and India and NOT a "new world".
It wasn't really what I thought is was going to be....................... OK IT'S REALLY BORING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Great title, I think. A non-glorified and not simplistic story of CC. We enjoyed it.
Native American children might like this. It's a little dated, but an excellent book.
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Jean Fritz is a children’s author who has a fascination with writing historical fictions. She was born on November 16, 1915, in Hankow, China to missionary parents. After living in China for 13 years, Fritz and her family moved back to the United States. Beginning her career with an English degree, Fritz became an award-winning and respected author. She has received an honor for every book that sh ...more
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