Explorers in a New World Dyslexia Series

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A Special Series of Books for Children Who Struggle to Read

Christopher Columbus never expected to find the great continents of North and South America as he journeyed west toward China. In fact, he didn't even know that he hadn't reached the East Indies when he first landed on the islands of the Caribbean; it's why they're known as the West Indies today and why, even now, many Americans persist in calling Native Americans "Indians." It should have excited Columbus to have discovered an entirely new world, unknown to anyone in Europe and Asia. But equally unknown (or at least untaught to most children today) is the fact that he spent the remainder of his life intensely disappointed at his failure to find a water route to China.

The people who came after him, at least initially—from countries like Spain, France, England, and Holland—all came with the intent of finding a passageway around or through the giant land mass that stood in their way to the great western sea. But somewhere along the way, rumors of seven great cities of gold surfaced, and then of a great river that cut through the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific coast. Soon men were coming to search, not just for a passageway all the way through, but for the cities of gold and the river to the Pacific. Dreams of great wealth and notoriety, both for themselves and for their home countries, drove them on.

The true wealth of America was not in cities of gold, for there were none, nor in a great river to the western sea, for it, too, did not exist. Instead it was in the vast and bountiful land that began to fill up with colonists who ultimately established the region as a country separate from those of the Europeans who had worked so hard to claim it as theirs. But even after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, most of the land west of the Mississippi River was still unknown. So the government sent men like Lewis and Clark and John Fremont out to learn as much as they could. In addition, hunters and trappers filled in many of the blank spots on the maps as they followed the rivers west. Ultimately, the maps were complete, but not without a great deal of effort on the part of many people to explore the glorious and dangerous wilderness of America.

This is an expansive ten-part series that begins with Columbus and ends centuries later with the mapping of the entire face of the contiguous United States. The explorers featured are from several countries, and their searches in many cases turned up, not necessarily what they were looking for, but landmarks of the country that today are well-known to everyone, such as the Great Lakes and the Grand Canyon and even the Great Salt Lake. Many of the stories in this series are short, allowing children to learn interesting snippets of history quickly and enabling them to gain confidence as they work through one book after another, all the while building their understanding of how America came to be known.

These books are printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font that makes them easier for some children with visual processing problems to read. A special feature of the books is that each two-page spread contains a QR code that links to audio of the book being narrated. Children can listen and follow along to help them learn the words that they are seeing.

The Explorers in a New World Dyslexia Series offers a way for children with reading difficulties to enjoy reading and American history in a rare and wonderfully accessible combination that they will treasure for years to come.

Note: Although each title is meant to be a standalone book, important terms are defined or explained in the first book in which they appear, and the stories build upon one another, making the reading of the books in chronological order a more rewarding experience for children who are new to the topic.

To view all of the Adventures on the American Frontier dyslexia series, click here.

To view a standard-font edition of the stories in this series presented together as a single biographical novel without the audio feature, click here.

A Special Series of Books for Children Who Struggle to Read

Christopher Columbus never expected to find the great continents of North and South America as he journeyed west toward China. In fact, he didn't even know that he hadn't reached the East Indies when he first landed on the islands of the Caribbean; it's why they're known as the West Indies today and why, even now, many Americans persist in calling Native Americans "Indians." It should have excited Columbus to have discovered an entirely new world, unknown to anyone in Europe and Asia. But equally unknown (or at least untaught to most children today) is the fact that he spent the remainder of his life intensely disappointed at his failure to find a water route to China.

The people who came after him, at least initially—from countries like Spain, France, England, and Holland—all came with the intent of finding a passageway around or through the giant land mass that stood in their way to the great western sea. But somewhere along the way, rumors of seven great cities of gold surfaced, and then of a great river that cut through the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific coast. Soon men were coming to search, not just for a passageway all the way through, but for the cities of gold and the river to the Pacific. Dreams of great wealth and notoriety, both for themselves and for their home countries, drove them on.

The true wealth of America was not in cities of gold, for there were none, nor in a great river to the western sea, for it, too, did not exist. Instead it was in the vast and bountiful land that began to fill up with colonists who ultimately established the region as a country separate from those of the Europeans who had worked so hard to claim it as theirs. But even after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, most of the land west of the Mississippi River was still unknown. So the government sent men like Lewis and Clark and John Fremont out to learn as much as they could. In addition, hunters and trappers filled in many of the blank spots on the maps as they followed the rivers west. Ultimately, the maps were complete, but not without a great deal of effort on the part of many people to explore the glorious and dangerous wilderness of America.

This is an expansive ten-part series that begins with Columbus and ends centuries later with the mapping of the entire face of the contiguous United States. The explorers featured are from several countries, and their searches in many cases turned up, not necessarily what they were looking for, but landmarks of the country that today are well-known to everyone, such as the Great Lakes and the Grand Canyon and even the Great Salt Lake. Many of the stories in this series are short, allowing children to learn interesting snippets of history quickly and enabling them to gain confidence as they work through one book after another, all the while building their understanding of how America came to be known.

These books are printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font that makes them easier for some children with visual processing problems to read. A special feature of the books is that each two-page spread contains a QR code that links to audio of the book being narrated. Children can listen and follow along to help them learn the words that they are seeing.

The Explorers in a New World Dyslexia Series offers a way for children with reading difficulties to enjoy reading and American history in a rare and wonderfully accessible combination that they will treasure for years to come.

Note: Although each title is meant to be a standalone book, important terms are defined or explained in the first book in which they appear, and the stories build upon one another, making the reading of the books in chronological order a more rewarding experience for children who are new to the topic.

To view all of the Adventures on the American Frontier dyslexia series, click here.

To view a standard-font edition of the stories in this series presented together as a single biographical novel without the audio feature, click here.

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Westward to a New World

Subtitle: Explorers in a New World, Part One

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Exploration; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America; Colonization

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Pages: 18

ISBN: 978-088092-905-9

Order code: 9059

Price: $15.00
Website price: $8.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $6.00 each.
Order code: 9059S

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Christopher Columbus wanted to sail west to China. Instead, he found a group of islands that became known as the West Indies. He had not anticipated the continents of North and South America that stood in his way. Soon men from several European countries were making the voyage to the New World, all eager to explore the great unknown land mass that held such promise. 

Christopher Columbus wanted to sail west to China. Instead, he found a group of islands that became known as the West Indies. He had not anticipated the continents of North and South America that stood in his way. Soon men from several European countries were making the voyage to the New World, all eager to explore the great unknown land mass that held such promise. 

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The Search for the Seven Cities of Gold

Subtitle: Explorers in a New World, Part Two

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Exploration; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America; Colonization

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Pages: 21

ISBN: 978-088092-908-0

Order code: 9080

Price: $15.00
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Coronado had heard rumors of seven cities of gold somewhere north of Mexico, so he sent an exploring party to find them. The expedition did not go well. Soon Coronado himself stormed north into the great American Southwest, searching for the fabled cities that he was certain existed. He could not know the significance of what he discovered instead.

Coronado had heard rumors of seven cities of gold somewhere north of Mexico, so he sent an exploring party to find them. The expedition did not go well. Soon Coronado himself stormed north into the great American Southwest, searching for the fabled cities that he was certain existed. He could not know the significance of what he discovered instead.

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De Soto and the River in the Wilderness

Subtitle: Explorers in a New World, Part Three

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Exploration; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America; Colonization

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Pages: 26

ISBN: 978-088092-909-7

Order code: 9097

Price: $15.00
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Order code: 9097S

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The French explorer Hernando de Soto went to the New World hoping to find the fabled seven cities of gold, as well as a passageway to the Pacific Ocean. What he found instead was the Mississippi River. Like many explorers before and after him, he was disappointed that he could not find what he was seeking, but he left his mark on the land that was to become the United States of America in some interesting ways.

The French explorer Hernando de Soto went to the New World hoping to find the fabled seven cities of gold, as well as a passageway to the Pacific Ocean. What he found instead was the Mississippi River. Like many explorers before and after him, he was disappointed that he could not find what he was seeking, but he left his mark on the land that was to become the United States of America in some interesting ways.

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Jacques Cartier Explores Lands for France

Subtitle: Explorers in a New World, Part Four

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Exploration; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America; Colonization

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Pages: 14

ISBN: 978-088092-910-3

Order code: 9103

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Order code: 9103S

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When Jacques Cartier sailed into the St. Lawrence River in what is now Canada, he believed that he might have found a passage through North America to the China Sea. He went back two more times to try to prove the existence of the Northwest Passage, but he had to abandon both journeys before he could finish them. His dream, however, inspired others to keep looking.

When Jacques Cartier sailed into the St. Lawrence River in what is now Canada, he believed that he might have found a passage through North America to the China Sea. He went back two more times to try to prove the existence of the Northwest Passage, but he had to abandon both journeys before he could finish them. His dream, however, inspired others to keep looking.

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Champlain’s Search for the Northwest Passage

Subtitle: Explorers in a New World, Part Five

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Exploration; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America; Colonization

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Pages: 26

ISBN: 978-088092-911-0

Order code: 9110

Price: $15.00
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Order code: 9110S

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Samuel Champlain went to the New World, first to report on what he saw and later to start a fur-trading center in what is now Canada. But he also wanted to go up the Ottawa River to see if it was the Northwest Passage to the Pacific Ocean. He did not know that such a passageway did not exist, but in his explorations, he discovered other important bodies of water, and his maps helped to open the waterways of America.

Samuel Champlain went to the New World, first to report on what he saw and later to start a fur-trading center in what is now Canada. But he also wanted to go up the Ottawa River to see if it was the Northwest Passage to the Pacific Ocean. He did not know that such a passageway did not exist, but in his explorations, he discovered other important bodies of water, and his maps helped to open the waterways of America.

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The Half Moon on the Hudson

Subtitle: Explorers in a New World, Part Six

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Exploration; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America; Colonization

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Pages: 22

ISBN: 978-088092-916-5

Order code: 9165

Price: $15.00
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Order code: 9165S

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Henry Hudson, though English, was captain of a Dutch ship called the Half Moon that he was tasked with sailing north around Canada to China. It was, of course, an impossible request. Henry gave up that effort and tried to find a passageway through the great continent instead, but he ran into trouble time and again. He never found what he was looking for, but his name remains on maps of the United States today.

Henry Hudson, though English, was captain of a Dutch ship called the Half Moon that he was tasked with sailing north around Canada to China. It was, of course, an impossible request. Henry gave up that effort and tried to find a passageway through the great continent instead, but he ran into trouble time and again. He never found what he was looking for, but his name remains on maps of the United States today.

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Lewis and Clark Travel Up the Missouri River

Subtitle: Explorers in a New World, Part Seven

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Exploration; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Pages: 38

ISBN: 978-088092-917-2

Order code: 9172

Price: $17.00
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When the United States was new, much of the western half of it was still unknown. President Thomas Jefferson sent Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to lead an expedition to explore as much of the wilderness as they could. The group headed up the Missouri River, but it was a much harder journey than they expected. The wild Missouri threatened to destroy them all, but Lewis and Clark were determined to succeed.

When the United States was new, much of the western half of it was still unknown. President Thomas Jefferson sent Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to lead an expedition to explore as much of the wilderness as they could. The group headed up the Missouri River, but it was a much harder journey than they expected. The wild Missouri threatened to destroy them all, but Lewis and Clark were determined to succeed.

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Jim Bridger's Sea of Salt

Subtitle: Explorers in a New World, Part Eight

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Exploration; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Pages: 13

ISBN: 978-089824-918-7

Order code: 9187

Price: $15.00
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Order code: 9187S

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Trappers in the early 1800s worked in parts of the West that were still unmapped. Jim Bridger was out trapping with a fur company when he was chosen by the company owner to follow a river to see where it led. To Jim's delight, it led straight to a salty body of water. Had he just found the river to the Pacific Ocean that explorers had been searching for throughout the centuries since North America was discovered?

Trappers in the early 1800s worked in parts of the West that were still unmapped. Jim Bridger was out trapping with a fur company when he was chosen by the company owner to follow a river to see where it led. To Jim's delight, it led straight to a salty body of water. Had he just found the river to the Pacific Ocean that explorers had been searching for throughout the centuries since North America was discovered?

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Jed Smith and the Search for the Buenaventura

Subtitle: Explorers in a New World, Part Nine

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Exploration; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Pages: 22

ISBN: 978-088092-918-9

Order code: 9189

Price: $15.00
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Order code: 9189S

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In 1826, Jedediah Smith decided to lead a group of men southwest from Utah to search for the Buenaventura River, the mythical river that appeared on old Spanish maps but that no one had been able to find. The group made it to California without seeing the river, so Jed and two of his men went out again, heading east over the mountains and the desert. It was a treacherous journey, but Jed would not give up.

In 1826, Jedediah Smith decided to lead a group of men southwest from Utah to search for the Buenaventura River, the mythical river that appeared on old Spanish maps but that no one had been able to find. The group made it to California without seeing the river, so Jed and two of his men went out again, heading east over the mountains and the desert. It was a treacherous journey, but Jed would not give up.

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John Fremont and Kit Carson Map the Westward Trails

Subtitle: Explorers in a New World, Part Ten

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Exploration; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Pages: 34

ISBN: 978-089824-919-4

Order code: 9194

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In 1842, the U.S. government sent John Fremont out to map the rest of the unknown West. He couldn't have done it without the help of the famous mountain man Kit Carson. Trappers and explorers had mapped much of the land, but Captain Fremont's job was to fill in the gaps so that the map of America was complete. It was hard, dangerous work, but the job was too important to let anything stand in the way.

In 1842, the U.S. government sent John Fremont out to map the rest of the unknown West. He couldn't have done it without the help of the famous mountain man Kit Carson. Trappers and explorers had mapped much of the land, but Captain Fremont's job was to fill in the gaps so that the map of America was complete. It was hard, dangerous work, but the job was too important to let anything stand in the way.

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Explorers in a New World Dyslexia Series Set

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Exploration; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America; Colonization

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Order code: 9059SET

Price: $125.00
Website price: $65.00

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This set includes all ten books in the series: Westward to a New World, The Search for the Seven Cities of Gold, De Soto and the River in the Wilderness, Jacques Cartier Explores Lands for France, Champlain’s Search for the Northwest Passage, The Half Moon on the Hudson, Lewis and Clark Travel Up the Missouri River, Jim Bridger’s Sea of Salt, Jed Smith and the Search for the Buenaventura, and John Fremont and Kit Carson Map the Westward Trails, all offered together at a reduced price.

This set includes all ten books in the series: Westward to a New World, The Search for the Seven Cities of Gold, De Soto and the River in the Wilderness, Jacques Cartier Explores Lands for France, Champlain’s Search for the Northwest Passage, The Half Moon on the Hudson, Lewis and Clark Travel Up the Missouri River, Jim Bridger’s Sea of Salt, Jed Smith and the Search for the Buenaventura, and John Fremont and Kit Carson Map the Westward Trails, all offered together at a reduced price.

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