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by Betsy Maestro
Author Betsy Maestro and illustrator Giulio Maestro begin at the beginning as far as we know it, with the crossing of the Bering Land Bridge more than 20,000 years ago. They carefully trace what is known of those Stone Age people, and include little-known points such as the possible visits of Phoenician explorers, Irish monks, Japanese fishermen, as well as the fairly well-documented Viking settlements. The arrival of Columbus takes place almost halfway through the book. Easy-to-use appendices give tables of dates, pre-Columbian cultures, European explorers, and other facts. (School Library Journal)

by Diane Sansevere-Dreher, Ed Renfro
During the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, just about every explorer who sailed beyond the horizon to find new land thought he knew where he was going. But, in fact, most got terribly lost and stumbled on places no one had ever heard of. Explorers Who Got Lost is the telling of these Age of Discovery heroes. Their discoveries may have been unintentional, but what they found irrevocably changed the map of the world. Fast paced, exciting, full of facts and adventure, this book provides detailed information on the most influential explorers of the fifteenth century. The history, sociology, and even the superstitions of the time along with dozens of drawings, maps, routes, and diagrams of ships and navigational equipment are all included.

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by Michael Johnstone
Way out west -- Christopher Columbus sets out in search of Japan and finds himself in a new land. This is just one headline in History News: Explorers News. People have been wandering the earth for 3,000 years. Now their astonishing discoveries and remarkable adventures are chronicled in this book. From the voyages of the ancient Polynesians and the Vikings to satellites in space, our quest to know our world is presented in a fascinating, accessible format. Part of the History News series.

by S. A. Kramer
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 timeline that enhance readers' understanding of the period.

by Carol A. Johmann
This book takes an informal, somewhat interactive and child-friendly approach to the Lewis and Clark expedition. Short sections, often with humorous headings, cover the background, people, main events, and aftermath of the famous expedition. Interspersed among the informational sections are crafts and activities and "Think About It" and "Try It" sections, all of which serve to increase reader involvement. There are many silly cartoons and occasional jokes as well as some archival art and artifacts, maps, and more serious line drawings. (School Library Journal) Part of the Kaleidoscope Kids Book series.

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