Researching Columbus: Encounters and Exchanges
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Once in Puerto Rico
, New York: Frederick Warne and Co. Inc. A collection of Taino myths beautifully told, which also point out the culture and traditions of the Taino Indians.
In the Beginning
, New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1988. A beautiful collection of creation myths. Contains one from the Popol Vuh, “Four Creations to Make Man.”
Christopher Columbus, Admiral of the Ocean Sea
. New York: Scholastic Press, 1991. An excellent, illustrated, highly readable biography of the explorer. Ideal for young students. Contains a bibliography for further reading.
The Beginning, Creation Myths Around the World
, New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1956. A collection of creation myths, containing the Honduran myth, “Sun-Papa,” as well as other Central and South American myths, including some Mayan stories from the Popol Vuh.
Maestro, Betsy and Giulio.
The Discovery of the Americas, From Prehistory through the Age of Columbus
. New York: Mulberry Books, 1992. A good overview of the period with really good illustrations.
Rohmer, Harriet and Jesus Guerrero Rea, ed.
Atariba & Niguayona
: San Francisco: Children’s Book Press, 1987. A lovely myth of the Taino of Puerto Rico, beautifully illustrated, and told in both English and Spanish.
Roop, Peter and Connie, ed.
I Columbus. My Journal 1492-1493
, New York: Avon Books, 1990. Beautifully illustrated, this book gives an insight into the thoughts of Columbus. Easy to read, yet quite complex
I Sailed with Columbus
, New York: Harper Trophy, 1991 . A story of the voyage told from the point of view of a young cabin boy. Very interesting, lively, and yet very informative.
, New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992. An absolutely beautiful book about the encounter from the point of view of a young Taino boy. Simple yet complex enough for students.