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Saint Brendan and the Voyage Before Columbus

Author(s): Mike McGrew

ISBN13: 0809167050

ISBN10: 9780809167050


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  • Saint Brendan and the Voyage Before Columbus is a an exciting picture book that introduces children and their parents to the story of Brendans voyage to the land of Tir-na-n-Og, a voyage so fantastic that many people believed it was only a legend. Born in Ireland in 484, Brendan was schooled in the ways of the sun and the seas and the sky. As a monk, Brendan learned about the land of Tir-na-n-Og, the Promised Land of the Saints, and one day he set out in a sailboat called a curragh to find it. On his journey he and his fellow voyagers encountered a whale, several islands, an iceberg, and a volcano, before finally reaching beautiful Tir-na-n-Og, where "painted saints" (Native Americans) greeted him in peace. Brendan returned home with the understanding that his adventures, good and bad, had brought him closer to God. In a postscript the author links Brendan with Columbus and with modern sailor Tim Severin, who in 1976 retraced Brendans route in a replica curragh using Brendans Navigatio as his guide. This richly illustrated book captures Brendans spirit and legacy and his incredible adventures as he journeyed to America in the sixth century.
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