Saint Brendan and the Voyage Before Columbus
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Children will be astounded to learn that Ireland's Saint Brendan may have made the trip to North America over a thousand years before Columbus. Proven possible in modern times, St. Brendan's maps were even studied by Columbus before his own journey! This full-color picture book weaves together Brendan's personal account as well as legends, following him from birth to his seafaring adventures and back home again. Kids will not only be entertained but also discover a timeless story about following a dream and trusting in God's care. 32 pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Paulist Press
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8.38 X 7 (inches)
ISBN: 0809167050
ISBN-13: 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 Brendan's 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 Brendan's route in a replica curragh using Brendan's "Navigatio as his guide. This richly illustrated book captures Brendan's spirit and legacy and his incredible adventures as he journeyed to America in the sixth century. It will make wonderful reading for children, who will be excited to learn about this saint after whom so many are named.

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