Thursday, November 13, 2014

This Librarian's Quick Picks: Lives of the Explorers

Lives of the explorers by kathleen krull book cover biographyLives of the Explorers: Discoveries, Disasters (and what the neighbors thought)
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:

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