by Kathleen Krull
Houghton Mifflin (Aug. 26, 2014)
Presents a series of biographies of well-known adventurers traveling through the centuries and across the globe, whose curiosity and courage have led them to make discoveries in the world.
Why you'll love it:
- Krull does not sugarcoat the history; the negative impacts of discovery upon native peoples are discussed, such as the violence resulting from Columbus’s expeditions.
- Readers learn about these historical figures’ adventures while also getting a taste of each explorer’s personality and character.
- Special attention is given to less fabled discoverers, including Mary Kingsley and Isabella Bird.
Who should read it:
Great for grades 4-6...and here's the discussion guide.
What else you should read:
- Obviously the other books in Krull's "Lives Of" series (like my fave, Lives of the Scientists)
- Who Was First? Discovering the Americas by the always fabulous Russell Freedman