Who Was Christopher Columbus?

Who Was Christopher Columbus?


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Learn all about Christopher Columbus' early life at sea, which led him to seek fortune by sailing west in hopes of creating new trade routes with the Indies. Kids will read about why he called himself the "Great Admirald of the Seas" and learn of all his struggles to find finacial support for his voyage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780448463339
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 06/27/2013
Series: Penguin Who Was...Series
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 55,526
Product dimensions: 5.44(w) x 7.52(h) x 0.27(d)
Lexile: 640L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Bonnie Bader has written several biographies for young readers. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Who Was Christopher Columbus?

Who Was Christopher Columbus?

Who Was Christopher Columbus?

A tall man paced the deck of his ship. He and his men had been at sea for seventy days, since August 3, 1492. They had sailed over 2,650 miles from Spain. Now, land had been spotted. Had Christopher Columbus’s dream to reach the Indies finally come true?

For years he had begged the rulers of Portugal and Spain to give him money for this journey. He wanted to find a route from Europe to the Indies by sailing west. The Indies included China, Japan, and India. No one had done this before.

As the sun rose on October 12, 1492, Columbus and his crew made their way to shore.

Falling to his knees, he kissed the ground and cried. Oh, what riches awaited him! He would return to Spain a hero.

Columbus didn’t know that this was not the Indies. So where was he? Columbus and his crew were on land that no one in Europe knew about. Christopher Columbus had discovered a new world.

Chapter 1

An Explorer Is Born

In 1451, a boy named Cristoforo Colombo was born in the city of Genoa, Italy. In the English-speaking world, he is known as Christopher Columbus.

Christopher’s father was a wool weaver. His mother was the daughter of a weaver, and she helped with the work. It was expected that one day Christopher would take over the family business.

But young Christopher did not want to follow in his father’s footsteps. He loved the sea, the smell of the salty air. He loved the way the wind blew through his hair. Genoa was a busy port on the Mediterranean Sea. Christopher and his younger brother, Bartolomeo, loved going down to the docks. They watched ships come into port, bringing in goods such as silk, tea, and spices from the East. And they watched the ships leave, loaded with wool, copper, tin, and weapons. Christopher hoped to work on one of those ships one day.


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Who Was Christopher Columbus? 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gets boring but still like it!FYI the book has WAY to much info.I hope you like history cause it never ends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Your mom's saying, "if you don't pass your history test, you're grounded." And she means it. Well, you may of been falling asleep in class- or making paper airplanes- or passing notes- but you get what Christopher Columbus did! So the first question on the test: 'what country did Christopher Columbus find?' Easy. Just answered. So what's the next question? 'What year did Christopher Columbus find this country?' Uh oh. You may of been catching up on your beauty sleep on that part of class... Hey, there's a solution! Simply memorize this rhyme- 'In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue.' Everyone knows that! Well now you do too! Its easy to memorize and fun to say. Let's say you pass your test? No need to thank me... ~I'mabighelp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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To much infomation
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book because it tells you true facts but who knew what happened 600 years ago?
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