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The Voyagers: Being Legends and Romances of Atlantic Discovery

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Contents include: The Tower Above the Ocean / The Legend of Atlantis / The Voyage of Maelduin / The Voyages of Saint Brendan / The Children of Eric the Red / On the Tower / The Great Admiral / The Fountain of Youth / Virginia / The Naming of the Land.
Hardcover, 188 pages
Published June 1925 by Macmillan Publishing Company
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Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Newbery Completists / Dedicated Padraic Colum Fans
Chosen as the sole Newbery Honor Book in 1926 - the medal winner that year was Arthur Bowie Chrisman's Shen of the Sea: Chinese Stories for Children - The Voyagers is the second of Irish author Padraic Colum's three books to be so honored (the first being 1922's The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles , the third 1934's The Big Tree of Bunlahy: Stories of My Own Countryside ). It collects a variety of historical and quasi-historical legends concerning European exploration ...more
Another collection of stories, but this one has historical accounts too (last 1/2). They are all re-tellings, but Colum gives his sources in the Notes at the book’s end. The first 2/3 are tales told to Prince Henry the Navigator in his tower above the ocean. The first is the story of Atlantis that a Greek scholar retells from Plato, followed by the story of the voyages of Maelduin of Ireland told by a man who “looked like he might have a sword beneath his cloak”. These voyages are fairly fantast ...more
Angie Lisle
Apr 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
1926 Newbery Honor Book

I groaned when Padraic Colum came up again in my quest to read all the Newbery books. I didn't care for his 1922 honor book, The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles, which may explain why my older relatives skipped reading this book with me.

I will give Colum this: he experiments with tone. I called The Golden Fleece quasi-archaic. The Voyagers is quasi-Biblical in sentence structure and word choice, sounding like something you'd read/hear in Sunday schoo
Thomas Bell
Aug 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: newbery-honors
At first I thought the story was quite dumb. They told some pretty stupid stories about voyages on the Atlantic Ocean. The first was the story of Atlantis (hence the name Atlantic Ocean), but the next two had a lot to be desired. However, at the end of the book the author explained where those stories came from, and they are actual legends, so that made it better. The last half of the book though was quite interesting, describing the Viking discoveries of Vineland (aka North America) followed by ...more
Apr 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the second book I've read by Padraic Colum. (He had another Newbery honor winner in 1922 on mythology that I didn’t have many kind words for.) His bland, basic writing style did not change. Fortunately, it worked better for this book. The adventures were less epic, and there wasn’t a long-term story stretching throughout. For me, the individual tales meshed a lot cleaner with his writing style. Though still written in way that makes me think “Bueller… Bueller… Bueller…", I think it's muc ...more
Monica Fastenau
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
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The many stories in this book are all about ships and exploration and discovering new lands. Some are myths, but Columbus and Magellan also get a mention here. These short stories could make for fun bedtime reading if your kid is especially interested in exploring new worlds.
Scott Williams
Jul 15, 2012 marked it as to-read
Newbery Honor Book 1926
Mar 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, newbery
Okay, but not great. I found myself kind of bored and confused by parts.
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Padraic Colum was an Irish poet, novelist, dramatist, biographer and collector of folklore. He was one of the leading figures of the Celtic Revival. (Source)