The Resource Who discovered America?
- Who discovered America?
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- Valerie Wyatt , with ill. by Howie Woo
- America -- Discovery and exploration -- Juvenile literature
- America -- Discovery and exploration | Pre-Columbian -- Juvenile literature
- trueWestern Hemisphere -- Antiquities
- America -- Antiquities -- Juvenile literature
- trueWestern Hemisphere -- Exploration | Pre-Columbian
- trueWestern Hemisphere -- Exploration
- In addition to investigating all serious claims as to who was the first to step foot in the Americas, the author delves into the continent's most ancient mysteries to show budding historians that historical sleuthing takes years of hard work, puzzle solving, and comparing legends and artifacts
- Gr 4–6— With interesting sidebars and engaging illustrations and photos, this "whodunit" of sorts describes, on a spread each, evidence for the journeys of various groups who discovered, or claimed to have discovered, this continent. Since most explorers arrived here by water, boats play a large role in the story. In the early 1400s, for example, "swimming dragons," with decks bigger than football fields, set out from China. Wyatt writes clearly about how scientists unlock clues to how and when various groups could have made landfall. Columbus gets a mention, along with the Norse, Welsh, Irish, Africans, and, of course, the aboriginal settlers from Asia. The time line dates from 40,000 years ago to Columbus's voyage. Raising perhaps more questions than it answers, this book leaves it to readers to decide the solution to the mystery. It complements Russell Freedman's more in-depth Who Was First?: Discovering the Americas (Clarion, 2007).—Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI --Anne Chapman Callaghan (Reviewed February 1, 2009) (School Library Journal, vol 55, issue 2, p128)
- Designed to appeal to middle-grade readers, this overview of the many theories and archeological discoveries relating to human presence in the Americas goes backward in time, from Columbus in 1492 to the possible footprints in Toluquilla Quarry near Mexico City from 40,000 years ago, or earlier. Photographs and Woo's gently humorous cartoon illustrations enliven topical double-page spreads; occasional maps and boxed sidebars add information. Wyatt ranges far more widely than most writers on this subject, mentioning potential explorers and discoverers from as far away as Australia and as distant in time as Paleolithic Europe. She mentions archeological discoveries by an African-American cowboy and a teenage boy as well as the more usual experts. Readers will be delighted by the variety of boats shown—replicas of the Santa Maria, a Chinese "swimming dragon" and the Irish Saint Brendan's leather boat as well as a Welsh coracle and Inuit umiak. Fascinating fare for the historically curious. (timeline, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12) (Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2008)
- Biography type
- contains biographical information
- Cataloging source
- index present
- Literary form
- non fiction
- Target audience
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