Author: James Otis
Category: Historical Fiction
Ages: 8 - 12
Type: Fiction | Youth | Historical Fiction
A unique view of early American life through the eyes of a young girl of the Plymouth Colony.
"My name is Mary, and I am setting down all these things about our people here in this new world, hoping some day to send to my dear friend, Hannah, who lives in Scrooby, England, what may really come to be a story, even though the writer of it is only sixteen years old, having lived in Plymouth since the day our company landed from the "Mayflower" in 1620, more than eleven years ago."
So begins Mary of Plymouth, James Otis’ story for children about the joys and hardships the Pilgrims faced in the New World. To read it is to live through the first ten years of the Pilgrims’ settlement—all through the observant eyes of a young girl.
Give your children a sense of American history—in a spellbinding, easy-to-absorb fashion.
Little Mary and the Pilgrims come to an America today’s children would not recognize. Desolate and cold, there are no homes, no churches, no stores, no crops, no livestock. How did the Pilgrims build homes in the bitter cold of a New England winter? What did they eat? How did they construct a fireplace with no bricks? What did they use to make candles and eating utensils? What about elections…church services…Indians…table manners…cooking…new foods? It’s all here in fascinating detail.
Mary of Plymouth is a story as instructive as it is appealing. A story sure to awaken your children’s curiosity about their country’s history.
VALUABLE BONUS FOR HOMESCHOOLERS! Includes a Build-Your-Vocabulary Glossary of words with definitions. Each word is cross-referenced with its page number so children can easily go back and see how it is used in the story.