Who's That Stepping on Plymouth Rock?

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Overview

For years, Plymouth Rock lived a quiet life. Then in 1741, the people decided to make a fuss because the Pilgrims must have stepped on it when they arrived in America. And that's when the adventures began. This entertaining book tells about Plymouth Rock's humble origins before it rose to a place of historic prominence.

Relates the history of Plymouth Rock since the Pilgrims first landed on it to the present day.

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Overview

For years, Plymouth Rock lived a quiet life. Then in 1741, the people decided to make a fuss because the Pilgrims must have stepped on it when they arrived in America. And that's when the adventures began. This entertaining book tells about Plymouth Rock's humble origins before it rose to a place of historic prominence.

Relates the history of Plymouth Rock since the Pilgrims first landed on it to the present day.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
How often do we think of the effort that goes into protecting and commemorating the important artifacts of American history? In 1620 the Mayflower with 104 Pilgrims landed in what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts. Although none of the Pilgrims wrote of the rock as the specific location of their landing, it was later identified as such. A wharf was build around the rock and for many years it was forgotten. But in 1769, Forefathers Day was celebrated, and would be from then on. The story of the Pilgrims and the rock was brought up again. Believe it or not, the rock is divided up, painted on, broken into pieces and put back together again before it is finally gets a monument capable of portraying its significance in American history. 1998 (orig.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698116818
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 153,599
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

"The question I am most often asked," Jean Fritz says, "is how do I find my ideas? The answer is: I don't. Ideas find me. A character in history will suddenly step right out of the past and demand a book. Generally people don't bother to speak to me unless there's a good chance that I'll take them on." Throughout almost four decades of writing about history, Jean Fritz has taken on plenty of people, starting with George Washington in The Cabin Faced West (1958). Since then, her refreshingly informal historical biographies for children have been widely acclaimed as "unconventional," "good-humored," "witty," "irrepressible," and "extraordinary."

In her role as biographer, Jean Fritz attempts to uncover the adventures and personalities behind each character she researches. "Once my character and I have reached an understanding," she explains, "then I begin the detective work—reading old books, old letters, old newspapers, and visiting the places where my subject lived. Often I turn up surprises and of course I pass these on." It is her penchant for making distant historical figures seem real that brings the characters to life and makes the biographies entertaining, informative, and filled with natural child appeal.

An original and lively thinker, as well as an inspiration to children and adults, Jean Fritz is undeniably a master of her craft. She was awarded the Regina Medal by the Catholic Library Association, presented with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award by the American Library Association for her "substantial and lasting contribution to children's literature," and honored with the Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature, which was presented by the New York State Library Association for her body of work.

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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  • Posted July 9, 2009

    Great Book

    My kids and I checked this one out from the library and decided that we needed it for our personal library. I never knew all the things that happened with the "Plymouth rock" and this book recounts the facts of the tale in a humorous voice. After each event it dryly gives commentary as to the rock's reaction to the goings on. We enjoyed it thoroughly!

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