I really wanted to read something about Christopher Columbus for Columbus Day, but my prior experience showed that it’s quite hard to find books about historic events or figures that would be written for preschoolers. I was so excited to find Christopher Columbus by Marion Dane Bauer on Amazon that I bought it at once. I was not disappointed – the story was perfect for Anna. It praises perseverance of Columbus and his ability to dream and gives basic facts about the voyage. Illustrations by Liz Goulet Dubois are bright and cheerful. As we read the story, we looked at the map to discuss Columbus’ intentions and his actual path. I really liked a brilliant balloon idea from Almost Unschoolers, but I didn’t have any prep time to execute on it (and no round blue balloons either). There is always next year! Instead I decided to make our own Niña, Pinta and Santa Maria from corks, leaves and toothpicks. It proved to be a lot more difficult than I thought. Our ships kept turning over – Anna pointed out that maybe it’s because corks came from wine bottles :) She lost interest in them fairly quickly and moved on to making her own ships out of leaves and seeds.
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