11/1/04 The Midwest Book Review
Sometimes being a parent has some really cool perks. I have always enjoyed reading to my children, and books like the ones in the You Wouldn't Want to... series always put a smile on not only my face, but my daughters' as well. These books are some of the best I have come across with illustrations, which are sure to bring a smile to your face and make your children chuckle. The text is highly engaging and so much fun to read to your children, and they will enjoy reading them to you as well.
You Wouldn't Want to Sail With Christopher Columbus speaks of young boys in the late 1400's and their dreams of exploring the world. It tells of the perks of traveling by sea as well as the various goods you can acquire and sell. Readers will also see why exploring was different than they might have expected, and not at all as glamorous as they might have thought. Explorers had to seek funding, prepare fleets, sail the ship-which is no easy task in and of itself, navigate with some rather interesting tools, work hard and live in unpleasant conditions, help your crew deal with not only being homesick but also being stuck on the ship for months at a time, deal with the peoples of unexplored areas, load the ship and then make it home safely. When it is all over I would venture to guess that most who explored would have to seriously wonder if it was worth it and if they would really want to do it again.
All of these books give a real glimpse into various lives in a way that puts them into perspective, but also entertains children while they learn. When it comes to this set of books I can't express enough just how much fun they are. This is definitely a reading experience that neither you nor your child will want to miss.