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Eating the Plates: A Pilgrim Book of Food and Manners
     

Eating the Plates: A Pilgrim Book of Food and Manners

by Lucille Recht Penner
 

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Penner's Pilgrims are heroes, and deservedly so. She takes the story of their crossing on the Mayflower and establishment of Plymouth Colony, and fleshes it out with all the distasteful, even disgusting, details of their struggle for survival. Everything that made life difficult in the 1600s is mentioned—the acceptance of insect infestation in one's hair,

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Penner's Pilgrims are heroes, and deservedly so. She takes the story of their crossing on the Mayflower and establishment of Plymouth Colony, and fleshes it out with all the distasteful, even disgusting, details of their struggle for survival. Everything that made life difficult in the 1600s is mentioned—the acceptance of insect infestation in one's hair, clothing, bed, and food; the lack of efficient implements for home construction; the danger of crossing the Atlantic on an open vessel; and the deadly aftermath of disease. The author makes it clear that without the Indians' help, these settlers would not have made it through their first year, dependent as they were on European agricultural methods not suited to the New World.

While Penner gives a complete picture of the Pilgrims' daily life, her prime focus is on food—what the people ate; how they raised, prepared, served, and preserved it. Her writing style has a light touch that makes this interesting reading, often with a wry slant. The book concludes with a &'grave;Pilgrim Menu'' for readers to prepare with adult supervision. The illustrations include pen-and-ink drawings and lithographs that show period artifacts and various food items.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Pilgrims used fingers instead of forks, slept on the dinner table, drank beer instead of water, and washed clothes but twice a year. These and other fascinating revelations are among the many Recht Penner shares in her what, how, and why of Pilgrim food and manners. She also provides close-ups of life aboard the Mayflower, at home in a Plymouth cabins, and ten recipes for replicating a Pilgrim dinner-literally everything from soup to nuts. Bon appetit!
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-- Penner's Pilgrims are heroes, and deservedly so. She takes the story of their crossing on the Mayflower and establishment of Plymouth Colony, and fleshes it out with all the distasteful, even disgusting, details of their struggle for survival. Everything that made life difficult in the 1600s is mentioned--the acceptance of insect infestation in one's hair, clothing, bed, and food; the lack of efficient implements for home construction; the danger of crossing the Atlantic on an open vessel; and the deadly aftermath of disease. The author makes it clear that without the Indians' help, these settlers would not have made it through their first year, dependent as they were on European agricultural methods not suited to the New World. While Penner gives a complete picture of the Pilgrims' daily life, her prime focus is on food--what the people ate; how they raised, prepared, served, and preserved it. Her writing style has a light touch that makes this interesting reading, often with a wry slant. The book concludes with a ``Pilgrim Menu'' for readers to prepare with adult supervision. The illustrations include pen-and-ink drawings and lithographs that show period artifacts and various food items. --Joyce Adams Burner, formerly at Spring Hill Middle School, KS

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689815416
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
09/01/1997
Edition description:
Repackage
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
481,021
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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