Lavish period paintings, maps, and engrossing text combine to paint a vivid portrait of Native Americans' early encounters with the European settlers who colonized the new world. Readers discover dramatically different groups of peopleeach regarding the other as alienand learn how they came to influence each other's activities in ways that affected the development of the American way of life. For example, with the guidance of the Native Americans, the Europeans became skilled at cultivating corn, tobacco, tomatoes, and potatoes. In turn, the Europeans introduced the Native Americans to sugar, pigs, cattle, and horses. The book also lays out the negative outcomes of the intermingling of these very diverse cultures, such as war and the spread of disease. With its engaging and visually appealing format, the story provides children with an accurate understanding of early European settlement in America.
This series highlights specific periods and events from America's past and explains how they helped shape our country's history. Featuring lavish illustrations, period artwork, drawings, and photographs, the visual appeal alone is enough to engage young readers. The addition of carefully researched text that is both interesting and highly accessible led The American Library Association's Book List to name this series one of the ''Top Ten Nonfiction Series'' of 2004.
Ages 10 to 14
40 pages; 45 full-color period illustrations and maps