Who Was First?: Discovering the Americas
While it is commonly believed that Christopher Columbus was the first to make a successful round-trip voyage to the Americas, in recent years new evidence has cast this idea into doubt. It suggests that there may have been Chinese and Viking "discoveries" of the New World that predate Columbus's arrival. This book considers these possibilities and describes the complex societies explorers would have found, built by the tens of millions of people native to North and South America. Full-color illustrations. Includes notes and a select bibliography.
JLG Release: Dec 2007
Awards & Honors
ALA Notable Book for Older Readers | Booklist Editor’s Choice 2007 | CCBC Choices 2008, Historical Places, People, and Events | Horn Book Fanfare List – Best Books of 2007, Nonfiction | School Library Journal – Best Books 2007 | VOYA Nonfiction Honor List 2007 | NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2008, History/Life and Culture in the Americas
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal*
9 1/2" x 9 1/2"
Level 8.6; Points: 3;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 11.8; Points: 7;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Exploration of North America, Earliest settlers, Christopher Columbus (1451-1506), Portugal, Spain, Navigation, Seafaring, Voyages, Ships, Sailors, Food, Shelter, Gold, Colonialism, Governing, Failure, Illness, Slavery, Maps, Admiral Zheng He, a,k,a, Sinbad (1371-1433), The Overall Survey of the Ocean's Shores, 1421: The Year China Discovered America, China in the Middle Ages, Legends, Leadership, Gavin Menzies (1937-),Theories, Scientific method, Searching for evidence, Medieval writings, Treasure fleets, Compasses, Shipwrecks, The Newport Tower, Chinese influences in art, Leif Erikson (c,975-c,1020), Vikings, The Vinland Sagas, Helge Ingstad (1899-2001), Ruins, Archaeology, Pioneers, Place names, Artifacts, Native peoples, Culture, Civilization, Stereotypes, The Iroquois Confederacy, Mexico, Aztecs, Spanish invaders, Hernando Cortés (1485-1547), Peru, Incas, Conquistadors, Francisco Pizarro (c,1478-1541), Mayans, Olmecs, Caral, Anthropology, Prehistory, The Stone Age, G