19. January 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Informational Book, NonFiction · Tags: ,

Before Columbus: The Americas of 1491 by Charles C. Mann, 128 pages, read by Angie, on 01/10/2012

I thought that Mann’s look at pre-Columbus America was interesting and brought forth some very intriguing ideas (like the fact that Indians may have planted the trees in the Amazon or that their populations may have been higher than previously thought). That being said the text was a bit dry for me and I am not sure that kids will really pick this up for pleasure reading. It is a been dense and dry compared to other nonfiction history books aimed at kids. I am also a little concerned about some of the things that were treated as facts in the book without backup. It was hard to tell on certain things if it was fact or Mann’s opinion. Overall, intriguing book, but not that well written.