Samuel Eaton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy

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Samuel Eaton is a young boy living in an early American settlement in the year 1627, and today is the day he will help with his first rye harvest! If he can prove to his father he's up to the task, he will be able to help with all of the harvest. But harvesting rye is even more difficult than he expected. Was he foolish to think he could do a man's work?

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Overview


This bestselling photographic Thanksgiving picture book is now available in paperback!

Samuel Eaton is a young boy living in an early American settlement in the year 1627, and today is the day he will help with his first rye harvest! If he can prove to his father he's up to the task, he will be able to help with all of the harvest. But harvesting rye is even more difficult than he expected. Was he foolish to think he could do a man's work?

Text and photographs follow a six-year-old Pilgrim boy through a busy day during the spring harvest in 1627: doing chores, getting to know his Wampanoag Indian neighbors, and spending time with his family.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
These color photographs were shot on location at the Plimouth Plantation. Using first person narration, the author takes readers through a typical day of chores and events for Pilgrim youngsters. The devices used in each picture were recreated from actual accounts. Close-ups show the details of how clothes were laced, how fields were harvested, how fences were constructed. Nightcaps , muskets and cauldrons that were routine in yesteryear, now fascinate by their absurdity. Sarah and Samuel were real children who arrived on the Mayflower. Sarah was nine in 1627 and she is mentioned in several Pilgrim journals, although there is no clear date of death. Samuel was seven in '27 and he lived 64 years. Reviewer:
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Plimouth Plantation, the outdoor, living-museum of 17th century Plymouth, Massachusetts, is the locale where Mr. Kendall photographed first Amanda Poole as Sarah (in Sarah Morton's Day), then Roger Burns as Samuel, as they and their colleagues dressed, work, and spoke like the Pilgrims of 1627. Photos and a first-person-singular narrative provide historical verisimilitude. Use a comparison of nine-year-old Sarah's, seven-year-old Samuel's and your elementary-school students' clothes, homes, and sunup-to-sundown activities to stimulate a lively class discussion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590480536
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/1996
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 206,402
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.12 (w) x 10.04 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author


Author Kate Waters was born on September 4, 1951, in Rochester, NY. She went on to earn a B.A. from Newtown College of the Sacred Heart (Boston College) and a M.L.S. from Simmons’ Graduate School of Library and Information Science. She grew up in a big family in which storytelling was very important. She worked as a librarian for ten years at the Boston Public Library. There she became very interested in telling stories to young people and finding out what they enjoyed reading. She moved to New York where she worked on a children’s magazine. While working at the magazine, she started to think about new ways to present history and traditions to children. Her books include pictures of actors depicting the stories Kate writes. In addition, her books have been praised for their content and have won many awards. Kate currently lives in New York City.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2006

    A Well -Photographed Picture Book

    This book is a part of companion, boy/girl pair of books, describing the life of children of the Pilgrims. Samuel Eaton's Day is for boys Sarah Morton's Day is for girls. Both are wonderfully done and very historically accurate. Both are lovingly photographed with child re-enactors, dressed in authentic costumes of the era, playing and doing chores that real children likely did in the Pilgrim era. Some of the photography, particularly those of ocean scenes and life aboard ship are exceptional, among the best in any story-book. The only shortcoming, if it is one, is that the images may be a tad too modern. Here, though, I may be revealing the traditions of my own childhood. My childhood books had either hand-painted color illustrations, or authentic old photographs. They were not digital high-tech, but they looked old, and that had a comfort all its own. Readers might try THE STORY OF THE PILGRIMS, by Katherine & H.L. Ross,which has hand-painted, color illustrations. Or for old historic portraits of the Pilgrim era, try my ROMANCE OF PILGRIMS, a revived tale, originally by Henry Longfellow.

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