Who Was Ferdinand Magellan?

Who Was Ferdinand Magellan?


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When Portuguese sailor Ferdinand Magellan set sail from Spain in 1519, he believed he could get to the Spice Islands by sailing west through or around the New World. He was right, but what he didn't know was that the treacherous voyage would take him three years and cost him his life. Black-and-white line drawings illustrate Magellan's life and voyage, with sidebars and a time line that enhance readers' understanding of the period.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780448431055
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 08/05/2004
Series: Penguin Who Was...Series
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 76,113
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 7.63(h) x 0.24(d)
Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

S. A. KRAMER is the author of many nonfiction early readers on topics as varied as submarines and the first summit of Mount Everest. She has written many sports readers, including the recently revised edition of Basketball’s Greatest Players. Kramer lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Who Was Ferdinand Magellan?

Who Was Ferdinand Magellan?

To Hopey, who’s been around the world too—S.K.

For Bill—E.W.


Who Was Ferdinand Magellan?

Imagine a time when no one was sure the Earth was round … when people believed they’d topple over the edge if they sailed too far from home. Imagine a time when most people didn’t know there was a Pacific Ocean. Go back five hundred years, when whole continents were still undiscovered, when people thought the Earth was tiny and that monsters swam through its waters. Yet one man decided to sail his ship through unknown seas and discover what was out there.

He was not the first to make such a perilous voyage. But he went farther and stayed away longer than anyone had before. Because of his brains and courage, he is known for being the first man to circumnavigate—sail around—the globe.

Who was he?

Ferdinand Magellan.

Chapter 1
Sometime around 1480 in Portugal, a boy named Ferdinand was born to the Magellan family. The Magellans were of noble blood, but they had little money or power. They owned a farm far from the sea. This was where Ferdinand, the youngest of three children, grew up. Their house wasn’t fancy: The family lived on the top floor and their cows, goats, sheep, and chickens lived on the bottom.


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Table of Contents

Who Was Ferdinand Magellan?1
The Boy Becomes a Man3
War Hero18
A New King Listens23
Getting Ready33
Tricky Seas45
Frozen In58
The Pacific70
The Crossing80
The Last Battle89
End of the Journey96

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Who Was Ferdinand Magellan 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
MontzieW More than 1 year ago
Who Was Ferdinand Magellan? by Sydelle Kramer was filled with interesting information but also sprinkled with a lot of unfounded speculation. My the time Magellan was sailing, the sailors knew the world was NOT flat but this was stated that they believed it was flat and fearful. There was also grammar errors. The info was interesting about his life and I did learn a lot but some things were not facts but fictionalized for the story, did it happen like that? Umm.... Good book over all. He was certainly a nut!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Who Was Ferdinand Magellan and really enjoyed it. I learned a lot about Magellan in this. This was a great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i like this book it is very good you should read it if you are between the ages of 10 and 12 it is a very interesting book.