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									478 • HISTORY                                                                 January–June 2009                                 The HORN BOOK GUIDE




                                 HISTORY                                                   Bruce, Julia Sail!: Can You Command a Sea
                                                                                           Voyage?
Geography and Exploration........................................478                           32 pp. Enslow/Elementary LE ISBN 978-0-7660-3477-8 $22.60
                                                                                           (4) 4–6 Illustrated by Peter Dennis. Step into History
General and World History.........................................479
                                                                                           series. In this volume, readers take on the position of cap-
Ancient and Medieval History ...................................479                        tain of a sixteenth-century trading ship. They’re presented
                                                                                           with “The Challenge” (bring back goods to Europe) and
Modern History.............................................................480             instructed on how to accomplish the task; in so doing, the
Europe.............................................................................481     book teaches about the time period. While the numerous
                                                                                           illustrations combined with text are informative, the
Middle East and Asia ...................................................482                crowded layouts are difficult to follow. Reading list, time-
Africa ..............................................................................483   line, websites. Glos., ind. AMT
North America...............................................................483
                                                                                           Dolphin, Colleen Alcatraz to Zanzibar: Famous
Native Americans .........................................................486              Places from A to Z
Caribbean .......................................................................486           32 pp. ABDO LE ISBN 978-1-60453-492-4 $25.65

Central and South America.........................................486                      (4) K–3 Super SandCastle: Let’s Learn A to Z series. In
                                                                                           this superficial presentation, Dolphin lists twenty-six
Polar Regions.................................................................487          natural and man-made landmarks from around the world.
                                                                                           Each entry consists of a two-sentence description, usually
                                                                                           the geographic location of and one notable fact about the
GEOGRAPHY                 AND       E X P L O R AT I O N                                   place. An additional snippet of information appears in the
                                                                                           “Guess What?” bubble on every page. The pages are well
Aretha, David La Salle: French Explorer of the                                             designed; the photos don’t give much context but are
Mississippi                                                                                engaging. Glos. ACS
      112 pp. Enslow LE ISBN 978-1-59845-098-9 $31.93
Aretha, David Magellan: First to Circle the Globe                                          Hopkinson, Deborah Keep On!: The Story of
      112 pp. Enslow LE ISBN 978-1-59845-097-2 $31.93
                                                                                           Matthew Henson, Co-Discoverer of the North Pole
                                                                                               40 pp. Peachtree ISBN 978-1-56145-473-0 $17.95
Young, Jeff C. Hernando de Soto: Spanish
                                                                                           (3) K–3 Illustrated by Stephen Alcorn. Alcorn’s illustra-
Conquistador in the Americas                                                               tions, filled with swirls and stars and sunbursts, create an
      112 pp. Enslow LE ISBN 978-1-59845-104-7 $31.93                                      ethereal and almost mythical landscape in this biography of
(3) YA Great Explorers of the World series. These accounts                                 the African American explorer who, along with Robert E.
of the lives of La Salle, Magellan, or De Soto, valiant but                                Peary, became “the first to stand at the top of the world.”
often cruel explorers of the new world, make interesting                                   Hopkinson’s writing is crisp and fluid, with quotes from
reading as well as solid report material. The books are                                    Henson lending additional veracity. Back matter discusses
accessibly written and supported with maps (just one in La                                 how racial prejudice obscured Henson’s achievement.
Salle), photos, and archival pictures. Reading list, timeline,                             Reading list, timeline, websites. TDA
websites. Glos., ind. BB


From Come to the Castle. © 2009 by S. D. Schindler. Review on page 479.
The HORN BOOK GUIDE                                       January–June 2009                                          HISTORY • 479


Markle, Sandra Animals Marco Polo Saw: An                           ANCIENT       AND    M E D I E VA L H I S T O RY
Adventure on the Silk Road
    48 pp. Chronicle ISBN 978-0-8118-5051-3 $16.99         
								
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