We Asked For Nothing
By Stuart Waldman
Illustrated by Tom McNeely

10" x 10"
48 pages, Color
Read-Along™ map

The Remarkable Journey of Cabeza de Vaca.

Everyone is familiar with the Spanish conquistadors. In the process of opening new lands to European settlement, they conquered, enslaved, and killed native people. It's an old story, but it's not the only one.

In 1528 the conquistador Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca was shipwrecked off the coast of Texas and rescued by Karankawa Indians. For the next eight years he wandered through the New World, living with native tribes, learning their languages and their ways, and learning that they were human beings like him.

When he was finally reunited with his countrymen, Cabeza de Vaca was a changed man.

This is the true story of a man's journey of discovery - of a land, of a people, and of himself.

For both the explorer and the reader, the key element of any voyage of discovery is the map. While the explorer can have the map in front of him, the reader usually cannot. There's nothing more frustrating than having to flip back to read a map in the middle of reading a story. For this book, Mikaya Press has designed a Read-Along™ Map. This gatefold page makes it possible to read about an explorer's travels, and follow them on a map at the same time.

IRA Children's Book Award Notable Book-2004
The International Reading Association

Notable Children's Book in the Field of Social Studies for 2004
National Council for the Social Studies and The Children's Book Council

"Engaging... An absorbing story of adventure and self-discovery."
School Library Journal

Stuart Waldman is a writer and editor. He lives in New York City with his wife and son. He has written three Great Explorers Books: We Asked for Nothing, The Last River, and Magellan's World.

Tom McNeely has won awards from the Society of Illustrators, The Art Directors Club of New York, The Art Directors Club of Toronto, and Communication Arts Magazine. The Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators in Communications honored him with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Tom McNeely lives and works in Toronto. He is the illustrator of A Long and Uncertain Journey, Despite All Obstacles, We Asked For Nothing, and Tikal.

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