You Wouldn't Want to Sail on the Mayflower!: A Trip That Took Entirely Too Long (Revised Edition)by Peter Cook
Children's Literature - Judy DaPolitoThis short history of the Mayflower voyage and its aftermath devotes as much space to colorful cartoon pictures as it does to text. The book opens with a two-page timeline showing events from the ship’s departure from Plymouth, England on September 6, 1620, to its last recorded mention in 1624. A map of the Mayflower’s two-month journey to Cape Cod as well as its intended journey to Jamestown follows the timeline. The text particularly focuses on one of the passengers, seventeen-year-old Priscilla Mullins, who traveled with her parents and her younger brother. Because most of the people on the ship wanted freedom to practice their protestant religion with less ceremony than they found in the Church of England, they were known as “Separatists.” They, along with other passengers who were adventurers in search of fortune, traveled with all the clothing, tools, and equipment they thought they would need to survive in the New World. Since the Mayflower was only about thirty yards long and nine yards wide, living conditions for the 102 passengers and thirty crewmembers were cramped. Many of the passengers were traveling with their entire families, like Priscilla’s, so there were thirty-two children on board. Autumn storms blew the Mayflower off course and caused it to land in Cape Cod, in what is now Massachusetts, instead of landing in Virginia to join the Jamestown residents. They decided to stay in Cape Cod. They signed the Mayflower Compact on November 21, 1620, and cleared land around Plymouth Harbor to build houses as quickly as they could. Fifty of the Pilgrims, including the other members of Priscilla’s family, died during their first winter. The crew took the Mayflower back to England in April of 1621, and friendly Indians helped the Pilgrims survive. Priscilla married the ship’s cooper, John Alden, and over time the colony flourished. A two-page glossary, an index, a page identifying some important historical ships, and two pages discussing navigation tools follow the text. Reviewer: Judy DaPolito; Ages 8 to 12.
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