(Hey everyone! Sorry I haven’t posted a Pretty Pages in almost a month. Bad Blogger Award.)
Christopher Columbus was born in 1451 in Genoa, Italy. When he was a young boy, he helped in his father’s wool weaving shop. Every day, he watched the ships sail in and out of the busy seaport. And he dreamed of being a sailor.
This book, published in 1979, gives a pretty detailed biography of Christopher Columbus. It’s nice in that it’s fairly historically accurate, without being traumatic. The book goes into how much work and waiting Columbus had to do before sailing, where he landed, his trials and victories … pretty straightforward and interesting stuff.
My favorite thing about this book is that it doesn’t tiptoe around the truth like every book about Colombus did when I was a child. There’s no nonsense about people thinking the world was flat (humanity had figured that out long before Columbus was born) and the book mentions that Colombus and his men treated the indigenous people poorly. I really like the way the book mentions this, because it doesn’t go into detail but opens a door for discussion of that awful part of Colombus’ history.
I also really have a thing for spot-color printing, or printing in black and white with only one other color.
You can find this book here for mere pennies. I’d really recommend it, it’s a great addition to our library.
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