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Three Ships For Columbus
Three Ships For Columbus
(Eve Spencer, Alex Haley, Thomas Sperling)

Three Ships For ColumbusThree Ships For Columbus (1992)
Three Ships For Columbus describes some of the difficulties that Christopher Columbus faced on his first voyage to the New World and what he found at the journey's end.
With a crew of about ninety men, the voyage lasted four weeks and took the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria through dangerous waters. As the days passed, tension mounted in the crew and they threatened to mutiny if Columbus did not turn around and sail home.
Columbus pressed on. Then, on the morning of October 12, 1492, the 70th day of the voyage, a lookout sighted land. Columbus thought this land was the Indies, but in reality it was an island off the cost of the Americas.
Eve Spencer is a published author of several children's books. Some of her credits include Three Ships For Columbus (Stories of America), A Flag For Our Country (Stories of America) and Animal Babies One, Two, Three.
Thomas Sperling is a published author and an illustrator of several children's books. Some of his credits include Three Ships For Columbus (Stories of America), Presidents Day, and The First Independence Day Celebration.
Alex Haley, as General Editor, wrote the following introduction note:
A Note From Alex Haley, General Editor
Many people in North and South America celebrate Columbus Day. Our common history begins in 1492 with Columbus and his three wooden ships. As you will read, his trip was not an easy one.
Our own journey since 1492 has also been hard. Disease and warfare killed millions of American Indians. Slavery, too, left a scar on our history.
But good has also come from the events that followed that October day long ago. We have become Americans. We are a new people, barely 500 years old. We honor courage and freedom. And we are learning to value the rights of all. ~ Alex Haley.
(The above Foreword by Alex Haley is presented under the Creative Commons License. © 1993 Dialogue Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.)
Three Ships For Columbus • Reviews
"Christopher Columbus waits seven long years for Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand to help him with his plan to find the fastest way to the Indies. Of course, he reaches the shores of America instead, and the world is forever changed." - Cambium Learning.
"The story of Christopher Columbus comes alive as the journey to a new world is told. Colorful, authentic pictures skillfully help tell the story of ninety-one men who went where no one had gone before. They discovered new waters and new lands. They felt adventure, fear, and success. Even though the riches they searched for were not found, Christopher Columbus and his men opened the doors for people from all lands to travel to America." - California Online Resources For Education.
"An excellent picture book about Christopher Columbus and his adventures! It is very simple (intended for children preschool / kindergarten) but extremely well-done. Gives young children an excellent introduction to this explorer, his voyages, and the success / failures he encounters!" - American Fork, Utah.
"This picture book adds little to the large body of work available on the subject. Spencer covers the struggle to get Ferdinand and Isabella to finance the endeavor and describes the voyage itself. She uses repetition freely for emphasis and in this way conveys the persistence of Columbus in requesting funds and the monotony of life aboard ship for the crew." - School Library Journal.

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