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Leif the Lucky

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  820 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
Book by Daulaire, Ingri, D'Aulaire, Edgar Parin
Paperback, 54 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Beautiful Feet Books (first published 1941)
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We finished this today and I was told it was "really super boring". Some days I just want to send them to public school!

But the other son quickly jumped in and said it wasn't boring, but really cool. Well, I liked it. I thought it well written and engaging. The illustrations were excellent and each page had either a large colored picture or a smaller brown or black ink drawing.

We learned a lot and tracked their journeys on a map. Even though it "was boring" they were able to tell me a lot about
Jun 04, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: jacob, ellie, mom, dad
Love to reread these books from the d'Aulaire's and Beautiful Feet.
Hanne Winter
Sep 27, 2013 Hanne Winter rated it really liked it
Yes it's a kids' book, and yes it is wonderful and endearing. I'm fortunate enough to own a couple of the d'Aulaires' books and this one is no exception to the trend of intricate and gorgeous illustrations. Were I to ever raise children, this one would hands down be in the bedtime rotation. Often.
Aug 28, 2014 Anna rated it it was amazing
I really like this author's approach to children's literature because she combines great details and story in long pages of the 50+page book but also includes beautiful illustrations that make it come alive for readers young and old. It is a great transition from picture books to chapter stories for elementary readers and gives great details about Leif Erikson a Norwegian explorer who discovered the coast of Canada around 1000 AD.

I also really love her book on Lincoln. Great for read aloud to al
Feb 19, 2011 Ruth rated it it was amazing
Another well-done book by the D'Aulaires. I just can't get enough of these guys!

Leif is the son of Erik the Red, a famous Viking. Erik has a hard time getting along with his fellow Vikings and is kicked out of Norway. He moves to Iceland but it is too crowded for him, so he strikes out to find a new unexplored land where there can be lots of space between neighbors. He and some of his followers eventually make it to Greenland and settle there.

Some visitors that got lost in a fog accidentally s
You cannot go wrong with the D'Aulaire's and this work is no exception. Beautiful art and compelling text bring the world of the Vikings, with it's beauty and grit, to life. The attention to detail in creating a Norse feel to the entire work is admirable. A pleasure for an adult to share with a child. Early elementary students may find it long winded and worthy of a couple sittings, but it is worth it. Recommended for study of the time period.
Roslyn Ross
May 25, 2016 Roslyn Ross rated it really liked it
My 4 1/2 year old loved this book. This was our third Ingri d'Aulaire book, and I continue to appreciate her work. I find her stories more honest than other children's stories, including things like in this one where the king tells the man who was rude to him to eat until he bursts.
Cathy Cramer
Read this one with my kid for summer reading for school (entering 6th grade.) It seemed like it had several run-on sentences, but the pictures were interesting, and the story line was interesting. It was a shorter story on her list, to balance out the longer ones she is doing.
Sep 18, 2014 Kierstin rated it it was amazing
Part of our Beautiful Feet literature-based curriculum. Loved the book and the art work. Though, I had heard of the Vikings, I had never heard the story of Leif the Lucky and his discovery of the New World around 1000 AD.
Jan 30, 2015 Illeyana rated it really liked it
This book had a will thought out story plot, especially for a children's book. Also, the read is long and tells of about 4 stories all in one.
Aug 26, 2015 Tricia rated it really liked it
Loved the beautiful illustrations and written details in this story of Leif Erickson's journeys. Appropriate for grades 3-7.
Jun 07, 2015 Katie rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
We read this as a living history book to expand our study of the vikings. It was an excellent resource.
Dec 05, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it
Nicely illustrated; makes a good companion to Mary Pope Osborne's Favorite Norse Myths.
Feb 04, 2015 Courtney rated it it was ok
Shelves: school-novels
Read this one while studying the Vikings in history. Lined up well with the history book.
Dec 29, 2014 Teri rated it really liked it
Shelves: vikings
4.5 stars! Very thorough and well-written. Taken right from the sagas--
Jul 03, 2014 Mckinley rated it really liked it
The only negative I can say is I wish more of the illustrations were in color.
Mar 01, 2013 Michiel rated it liked it
Recommends it for: children interested in history and adventure
Recommended to Michiel by: Mater Amibilis
This one I read along with younger son. I would stay a page or two ahead of him, so that I could be sure he was comprehending the material. Although the book is slender and has lots of pictures, which is why I'm sure that he chose it, it is more advanced than it looks. The book has a rich vocabulary, and the word choices match the fact that this is very old history being told.

The pictures are marvellous, and the story is good, though not quite as good as others by the same author. My son enjoyed
Jul 01, 2016 Jessica rated it it was ok
Recommended to Jessica by: goodreads
The story line is a little convoluted and I have no idea how factual any of this is.
Nevada Libert
May 28, 2015 Nevada Libert rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, adventures, war
i liked this book alot.
Jan 07, 2009 Cindi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: exploration
We have really enjoyed all of the books and art that we have read by Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire. Leif the Lucky was no exception. Even though there is surely some fiction to be weaved into these stories, it's also nice to read an entertaining book that helps us learn more about history. This one was especially fun for me since I have ancestors who came from Norway. I got to talk to the kids about how each generation carried a different last name, making family history tricky!
Feb 01, 2014 Mochapelt rated it it was amazing
my son loved it!!!
Jun 08, 2009 Verdi rated it really liked it
It's a very good story and actually funny at points too. They arrived at Newfoundland and called it Vinland and they Ballin Island and called it Stone-Slabland. In Vinland they found Native Americans (or native Newfloundlanders) and made friends with the Native Americans but the natives got angry at them once and there was a big black ball thing that they were shooting at the Norsemen.
Sep 26, 2015 Sara rated it it was amazing
The D'Aulaires never fail. Their books are always imaginatively illustrated and beautifully well told. The writing deeply respects the child reader and speaks to them in a voice which respects their intellect and their natural curiosity. The books are always wholesome and safe without being pedantic.

This one is a real jem. We could not put it down.
Oct 30, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
All three of my children loved this book so I may have to obtain our own copy. Went very well with our Mystery of History lesson on Leif - my children definitely agree that it wasn't Leif who was lucky but those he saved from drowning. They were also very intrigued by the beautiful illustrations!
Sep 21, 2010 Corey rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
This is part of our history curriculum this year. The kids really enjoyed the story. The illustrations are great with some color pages and some just black and white. While I thought the kids might not like that...they actually thought it was "cool".
Jun 19, 2009 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
All the books in this series are simply written, with beautiful illustrations, and from a Christian viewpoint. They're an excellent way to teach about our country's beginnings. Pocahontas was probably our favorite.
Melissa E
Dec 12, 2011 Melissa E rated it it was amazing
We are using the D'Aulaire history books as part of our home school curriculum and my kids are GLUED to the stories. Beautiful illustrations and language!
Lara Lleverino
Beautiful artwork and wonderfully descriptive writing! After reading about the Vikings we read this book for a second time and loved it all over again.
Aug 18, 2015 Kami rated it liked it
Fun illustrations, too bad more weren't in color. My kids loved it, and it was an exciting tale, albeit somewhat rambling.
David McGuire
Oct 10, 2012 David McGuire rated it it was amazing
Shelves: in-seattle
Great, simple book explaining the basics of Leif the Lucky, and, as always, with the d'Aulaire's fantastic illustrations.
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