Marquette was a French missionary and Joliet a fur trader and explorer. Together they set out to find the direction and origin of the Mississippi River, ultimately exploring most of the distance between the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico! Historical information and high-interest fact boxes are presented in an appealing tabloid style that guides readers through major voyages, explorations, and discoveries. Topics include why the French wanted to explore North America, the fur trade, meetings with local peoples such as the Illinois and Mascouten, relations between France and Spain in the Americas, and what became of the two men after their journey.
This fascinating book follows the travels of the Spanish conquistador Francisco Vasquez de Coronado on his quest to find the fabled Cities of Gold in what is now the Southwestern United States. Historical information and high-interest fact boxes are presented in an appealing tabloid style that guides readers through major voyages, explorations, and discoveries. Topics include why the Spaniards sent Coronado into the Southwest, deadly clashes with the Pueblo peoples, the first European sighting of the Grand Canyon and the Great Plains, and Coronado's eventual disappointment and disgrace.
Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto is known for leading the first European expedition to discover - and cross - the Mississippi River. This intriguing book describes his career beginning with being a leader in the Spanish conquests of Central America and Peru, making first contact with the Inca emperor Atahuallpa, and being made the governor of Cuba. He was also a fierce and controversial explorer, who was involved in many conflicts with the Native Americans who lived in the lands he explored and conquered.
This fascinating book follows the expeditions in Africa of Scottish missionary David Livingstone, to find the source of the Nile River, and British-American journalist Henry Stanley, to find the lost Livingstone. Historical information and high-interest fact boxes are presented in an appealing tabloid style that guides readers through major journeys, explorations, and discoveries. Topics include why Europeans were eager to explore Africa, how Livingstone lost touch with the outside world, Stanley's mission to find Livingstone, contact with local African peoples and Arab slave traders, and Livingstone's eventual death.
This high-interest title explores the history and lore behind battlefields around the world that are reported to be haunted. Readers will evaluate the eyewitness accounts and historical records of ghostly soldiers and other figures that haunt the sites of war and destruction. A narrative style weaves the spooky stories and clear text lays out the debunked or unexplained occurrences.
Nazir, his father, and older brother live in Myanmar, a country that has experienced many years of violence. As a part of the Rohingya minority group, the family is considered unwelcome in their homeland. Nazir and his father flee by boat to a refugee camp, eventually escaping as refugees to the United States. Interspersed with facts about Myanmar and its people, this narrative tells a story common to many refugees fleeing the country. Readers will learn about the conflict there and how they can help refugees in their communities and around the world who are struggling to find permanent homes.
This high-interest title explores the history and lore behind ships and sites at sea around the world that are reported to be haunted. From disastrous voyages and missing ships to ghostly sailors and other creatures, narrative text weaves paranormal tales for readers. Historical records and eyewitness accounts are the evidence for the debunked or unexplained stories.
This high-interest title explores the history and lore behind castles and forts around the world that are reported to be haunted. Using a narrative style, the book tells the debunked and unexplained stories of paranormal occurrences in the castles of royals and the forts of armies. Readers will examine the historical records and eyewitness accounts of ghostly events, and evaluate the evidence.
This interesting book examines the holidays and traditions in Vietnam, which include colorful festivals that celebrate meaningful lunar calendar days and unique family traditions. Dynamic images, concise fact boxes, and clear text introduce readers to the traditional foods, clothing, and other practices used to celebrate holidays in Vietnam. Readers will also find out about Vietnamese folklore and religious practices.
A country with a rich history and culture, Turkey’s cultural traditions are influenced by Islamic holy days and its diverse ethnic population. Clear images and text with interesting fact boxes guide readers through a year of traditions and celebrations in the influential country. Find out also how traditional Turkish foods, clothing, and music are featured and celebrated.
Iceland is a country full of unique traditions—some stemming from its Norse heritage and others from religious observances. Readers will learn about the interesting cultural traditions of Iceland, from distinctive food festivals to family traditions, as well as holidays connected to traditional myths and stories. Topics also include Icelandic celebrations of familiar holidays such as Easter and Christmas.
This fascinating book introduces readers to the cultural traditions in the Central American country of Honduras. A largely Catholic country, readers will learn how Honduran people celebrate traditional religious holy days in new and different ways. Family celebrations and indigenous cultural traditions are also detailed. Colorful images and fact boxes examine the traditional clothing and foods of Honduras.
Known for its diversity, Sri Lanka is a country with many unique cultural traditions. This intriguing book guides readers through a year of holidays and traditions in the country, from Buddhist celebrations such as Poya Days, to the family traditions of specific ethnic groups. Other celebrations also include Hindu, Muslim, and Catholic holidays, and festivals celebrating food and farming.
Celebrating the country's 150th birthday in 2017, it’s time to celebrate Canada! This timely title explores the exciting events and celebrations that are taking place in honor of Canada’s sesquicentennial year. From the traveling SESQUI festival to special community projects everywhere, Canada’s 150th Birthday offers an exciting opportunity to discover how Canadians will be celebrating the country's history, people, and cultures. Children will be inspired by the engaging activities that encourage students to get involved in coming up with their own ideas to wish Canada a happy birthday.
Made up of diverse cultures and with a history of European rule, Ghana is rich in unique traditions. Many holidays and festivals celebrate national events, food harvests, and religious holy days. From unique clothing to traditional music, storytelling, and foods, readers will delight in this interesting title that follows the different holidays and cultural traditions throughout the year in Ghana.
This engaging book takes readers through a year of holidays and traditions in Poland. Many of the country’s holidays are based on Catholic holy days—but traditional Polish customs, clothing, and food remain at the center of every occasion. Colorful images and clear text also help readers discover traditions and holidays unique to Poland, such as harvest festivals and family traditions.
A nation with Spanish, African, Asian, and Caribbean roots, Cuba’s people celebrate their diversity with a range of cultural traditions. From celebrated Cuban music and dance to legends and family customs, this interesting book guides readers through the celebrations and traditions practiced by Cubans throughout each year. Other celebrations include national holidays and Christian observances.
Readers take on the role of historical detectives as they examine speeches as primary sources and discover how they can be used to study the past.
Readers take on the role of historical detectives as they examine photographs as primary sources and discover how they can be used to study the past.
Readers take on the role of historical detectives as they learn about artifacts as primary sources and discover how they can be used to study the past.
Readers take on the role of historical detectives as they examine letters and diaries as primary sources and discover how they can be used to study the past.
This book tells the story of the Velociraptor, a lightweight dinosaur who used its speed to catch prey. It was only three feet (one meter) tall, but was feared for its ferocious hunting ability. It used a sickle-shaped claw on the second toe of each foot as a deadly weapon and could reach speeds of up to 37 miles (60 kilometers) per hour when chasing prey.
Look out! Mina's pet Deinonychuses have spilled the paint! Kids will love this simple book that uses dinosaurs to mix colors in order to create new colors.
This book tells the story of the powerfully built Sabre-tooth Tiger who stalked the land more than 10,000 years ago. It was like no cat living today. At the front of its jaw grew two long, curved canine teeth that resembled two sharp sabres. A fierce predator, it used these long teeth to pierce the flesh of its prey.
This book tells the story of Ankylosaurus. This armored beast looked like a walking tank. It lived during the Cretaceous period between 100 and 65 million years ago and fed on plant material. At the end of its tail grew a bony club that it used to protect itself.