The Lief Eriksson Expedition
Ages 9-12; Random House Books for Young Readers;
Available July 2004
Story: Five hundred years before Columbus, a young Viking
named Leif Eriksson crossed the Atlantic and became the first known
European to set foot in North America. The tale of the crossing
and the brief Viking settlement in North America has been passed
down for a thousand years. Now, Elizabeth Cody Kimmel retells it
to a new audience, painting a vivid picture of what Eriksson might
have experienced on his great Viking expedition.
Inspiration: Ms. Kimmel
became interested in Leif Eriksson while researching the subject
of exploration for ICE STORY. She began her research by reading
the Vinland Sagas and found that while the sagas provide a framework
for Leif's story, they also leave a lot of blanks. The blanks are
what intrigued her.
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