Science Books & Films' Best Books for Children, 1988-91

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10 History and
Geography

General Topics

ALPER ANN FITZPATRICK. Forgotten Voyager: The Story of Amerigo Vespucci. (Illus.) Minneapolis: Carolrhoda, 1991. 80pp. $11.95. 90-41242. ISBN 0-87614-442-3. Index; C.I.P. EA, JH, GA

Ann Fitzpatrick Alper's book on Amerigo Vespucci appears in the midst of publicity, both favorable and unfavorable, over the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's discovery of the New World. The book is intended for young people, is very well written, and would be of interest to anyone who wants to know the basic facts of the life of Amerigo, after whom the entire Western Hemisphere is named. What is known about the life of Amerigo is given in an interesting manner and includes vignettes about life in general in the places Amerigo is known to have lived. Alper supports the pioneering work of Alberto Magnaghi, who, in the 1920s, studied letters and other documents to show the importance of Vespucci in the discovery of the Americas. Alper describes Vespucci's most important contributions: his discovery of about 6,000 miles of coastline of South America, which he declared to be a new continent; his development of a method of determining nearly precise longitude; and his reporting of the circumference of the earth, a figure only 50 miles from its true value. Amerigo's name appeared for the first time on the new continent on the maps of Martin Waldseemüller, and Alper's writing fully justifies the use of the name America ever since. This book was a joy to read and should be made available in all schools during the anniversary year of Columbus.-- Peter F. Arvedson, St. Paul's Cathedral, Buffalo, NY

BROWN JULIE and ROBERT. Exploring the World. (Illus.; from My First Reference Library Series.) Milwaukee: Gareth Stevens, 1990. 64pp. $14.95. 891-1285. ISBN 0-8368-0032-X. Glossary; Index; C.I.P. EI

Exploring the World is one volume in the 24-volume My First Reference Library, a series of reference books for primary-level readers. The book is divided into 10 general categories of exploration: reasons to explore; the ancient world; expanding nations; opening the Pacific; across the New World; the worlds of Asia; South America; into Africa; Australia's interior; and the ends of the earth. Each of these is divided into two to five two-page subsections. For example, the category across the New World is divided into subsections on the Northwest

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Table of Contents v
  • Preface ix
  • Introduction xi
  • Description of Annotations xv
  • Acknowledgments xvii
  • 1 - Agriculture and Veterinary Science 1
  • 2 - Archeology and Paleontology 5
  • 3 - Astronomy and Space Science 21
  • 4 - Biographies 34
  • 5 - Biological Sciences 43
  • 6 - Computers and Information Science 148
  • 7 - Earth Sciences 150
  • 8 - Environmental Sciences 170
  • 9 - General Science 184
  • 10 - History and Geography 200
  • 11 - Mathematics 207
  • 12 - Medical and Health Sciences 210
  • 13 - Museums and Zoos 229
  • 14 - Physical Sciences 234
  • 15 - Social Sciences and Psychology 247
  • 16 - Science/Language Arts Connection 258
  • 17 - Technology and Engineering 263
  • Author Index 274
  • Title Index 281
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