Thursday, October 20, 2011

John Smith Escapes Again! by Rosalyn Schanzer

There is a lot of great short illustrated nonfiction out there. This is a fun little biography of John Smith. Most of us only know the story of John Smith and Pocahontas, but before Smith even got to America his had amazing adventures. He served as a soldier in the Netherlands, helping Protestants fight against Catholics. Later he accidentally ended up on ship full of Catholics, and was thrown over board. He was rescued by a bunch of pirates, and joined their crew for a while. He joined the Austrian army that were fighting Turks, was captured during battle and became a slave. It just goes on and on. It is hard to count how many times this guy was shipwrecked. The book is illustrated on every page with bright and humorous cartoon pictures. This is a great choice for a 9 or 10 year old reluctant reader boy. (62 p)

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