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Encounter (Voyager books) Paperback – 20 Sep 1996


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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Brave New World 26 Mar 2009
By Chris Bowen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For the first few years in school, children learn about Columbus the hero. You get the ships and the voyage and the alleged discovery. When I taught third grade I would read this book around Columbus day and it was shock and awe with the kids. The thought that Columbus might not have been such a hero created dead silence around my room. Some felt duped by their second and first grade teachers. A conversation really begins to take hold about information and where it comes from and what you should or should not just assume to be true. It is higher level thinking at its best. After reading this book and having the discussions that followed, many of my students began asking many more questions about the other side of every argument. What a valuable lesson! For many of my students it was a brave new world.

Chris Bowen
Author of, Our Kids: Building Relationships in the Classroom
29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic for "walking a mile in someone else's shoes". 6 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
First found this book when I was student teaching. Such a powerful book, both to teach history/social studies and to see that every story has two sides. I've been in 2 classrooms since and have decided I can't live without this book.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Warning - Kindle edition incomplete 29 April 2013
By davetheinane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Having borrowed the book from my local library, I noticed that the Kindle edition was available and at a low price. I bought it yesterday evening, and returned it this afternoon. Regardless of what you think of the book (and there are some fascinating points of view in other people's reviews), the Kindle edition is not just disappointing but incomplete. The illustrations, as someone else has pointed out, are in black and white, even when read on the cloud reader on my laptop, but even worse there are illustrations and whole pages of text totally missing, and that's just in the first few pages! Shameful quite honestly.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Historical Education 31 July 2000
By "holly_kd" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"The Encounter" written by Jane Yolen, is a historically accurate fiction. As a departure from the other writing style she shows, this book is not light-hearted, but rather a serious work written with an intention to educate. Of course, to keep the reader focussed and interested in a story that s/he may have heard hundreds of times already, some high drama is added.
The book leaves one with a slight over-all feeling of sorrow, but accomplishes its purpose. Read it, even if you decide not to own it. For a bit of a pick-me-up, re-read Jane Yolen's "Wizard's Hall" (very entertaining, even after four years of looking).
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The True Meaning behind Encounter 31 Mar 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book, Encounter, was so astonishing because of it's vivid descriptions. Not only did it express the arrival of Christopher Columbus through another's eyes, but it was through a child that the story was told. No one believed him because he was so young and they believed that the dream that had been sent to him was just a nightmare. He could tell that they were evil and greedy ever since they set foot in his home. The new arrivers had treated his people like indians, believing that their gifts were to great for such lowly people. Their clothes were so colorful compared to the clothes that wore. After being accepted in a new territory they compensated by having people taken away from them to become slaves. But still no one listened to such a small boy. He escaped and that's how he was able to tell his tale to others, but it was too late. All the people he had once knew were taken away from him forever. I really liked this book because it was in the point of view from someone so young and innocent.
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