Who Was First?: Discovering the Americas (Bank Street College of Education Flora Stieglitz Straus Award (Awards))

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Many generations of American schoolchildren were taught that Columbus discovered America, and a holiday reminds us every October. But historical investigation in recent years has shown us otherwise. There is evidence that adventurers, explorers, traders, and nomads from various parts of the globe set foot on American soil long before 1492. And expeditions that landed in the Americas reported people already living there—indicating that America had been “discovered” before.
Russell Freedman brings his legendary skills as researcher and storyteller to this fresh and intriguing look at the American past. Colorful legends and first-person accounts are woven into the riveting narrative, which also illuminates the way historians and mapmakers have gathered, evaluated, and recorded information throughout the ages.

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Russell Freedman received the Newbery Medal for LINCOLN: A PHOTOBIOGRAPHY. He is also the recipient of three Newbery Honors, the Sibert Medal, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and was selected to give the 2006 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. Mr. Freedman lives in New York City.

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In this brief look at the first Eurasians to encounter the Americas, Freedman traces the various arguments about who was first and whose influence was felt. Starting with Columbus, he works his way back to the Chinese, the Vikings, and other possible cultures. Though this work is considered to be for the middle school student, adults too will gain new insight into this ongoing historical debate. L.J. Ganser reads the main text with a lively tone and good pacing. However, at times his voice becomes a bit overdramatic when quoting other authors. In these moments one is reminded of old-time radio announcers, with all of their intensity and zeal. This approach may work well with the younger crowd, but adults may be less impressed. L.E. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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