The Pilgrims of Plimoth: Struggle for Survival

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When the pilgrims set out for America, they brought with them a dream for the future. Sickness, hardship, and heartache stood in the way of that dream. But the pilgrims worked hard, keeping their dream close ...

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Overview

After an abundance of prayers and tears we made farewells at dockside and boarded our small ship. Our voyage across the Atlantic Ocean "began with a prosperous wind," but the sea soon became "sharp and violent" and storms howled about us.

When the pilgrims set out for America, they brought with them a dream for the future. Sickness, hardship, and heartache stood in the way of that dream. But the pilgrims worked hard, keeping their dream close to their hearts, until they were finally able to make it come true.

Chronicles, in text and illustrations, the day-to-day life of the early Pilgrims in the Plimouth Colony.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In journal-like passages that include quotes from original sources, Sewall gracefully and unerringly reconstructs the lives of the pilgrims. She takes readers from the journey out of England, financed by English merchants (``hoping to prosper in time by our successful settlement'') and to the building of many new townships around the original. The text is broken into sections: Pilgrims, Menfolk, Womenfolk, Children and Youngfolk, Plantation and Glossary. The hustle and bustle of each day is splendidly depicted in Sewall's pictures, which shine with the intensity of morning's first light. Hers are not the gloomy gray pilgrims of other tellings, but robust folk, the only kind who could have survived the settlement process. Squanto teaches them to plant corn ``when the oak bud had burst and the leaves were as big as a mouse's ear.'' Such facts, set like jewels into the text, mark this as the finest of nonfiction, which children will return to, again and again. (7-up)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
This is a story that details the reasons that the Pilgrims undertook their arduous journey to America and describes their early years establishing the Plimoth settlement. Sewall offers separate segments that detail the roles and responsibilities of the men, women and children. Even though half of the community died the first winter, the settlers persevered and managed to increase and prosper. A glossary defines the uncommon words found in the text. It provides a good introduction to life in New England in the first half of the seventeenth century. 1996 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 2 Up Written as a personal account, Sewall's book not only conveys the spirit and conviction of the Pilgrim experience, but also provides a bounty of historical information and domestic detail about the settlement at Plimoth and the people who survived those arduous first seasons in America. Sewall's extensive research is evident in her text and in the rich, simple oil paintings that reveal so much about the Pilgrims. Her illustrations, somewhat reflective of the American primitive style in the use of flat, thick strokes, are never static. Every scene is charged with energy and movement, depicting the flow of human exchange and relationships. Sewall also makes effective use of double-page space, creating wide-angle scenes, as in a bleak view of winter seen as through a screen of snow, or the overview of the Thanksgiving celebration. By adhering to traditional language and vocabulary (for which there is a glossary at the back), Sewall has captured the dignity of the Pilgrim voice, and lends a quiet, steady rhythm and intensity to the text as the collective ``we'' is repeated over and over, becoming a litany of events, customs, practices, and beliefs. Sewall's book is educational in the best sense: it is eloquent, evocative, factual, and lovely to behold. This is not a text for very young children (Alice Dalgliesh's The Thanksgiving Story Atheneum, 1954, also from a personal perspective, is more suitable), but even prereaders will respond to the stories so fully developed in these pictures. Susan Powers, Berkeley Carroll Street School, Brooklyn
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606102841
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Format: Library Binding

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