Grade 2-4?Told in the voice of Roger Williams's young daughter, Mary, this brief chapter book recounts the most dramatic period in Williams's life, prompted by his expulsion from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for his dissenting views. The tale opens with a hearing in which John Cotton questions him and concludes with the founding of Providence, Rhode Island. As might be expected in a 48-page book for beginning readers, the portrait Avi draws is necessarily sketchy: only the high points of Williams's character and beliefs are covered. Nonetheless, he does capture some of the man's integrity and convictions. And by placing the voice of the story with Williams's young daughter, the author conveys some of the poignancy of the situation. Although some of the character's features are blurry, the full- and half-page watercolor illustrations are realistic and balance the text nicely. A welcome introduction to the life of one of our country's founders.?Marilyn Taniguchi, Santa Monica Public Library, CA
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Gr. 2^-3. With powerful simplicity, Avi tells the story of Roger Williams, the devout Puritan preacher who was driven from the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1635 because he stood up for the separation of church and state. This biography in the I Can Read Chapter Book series is told through the slightly fictionalized first-person narrative of Williams' young daughter, who witnesses the court case in Boston where Williams is accused of preaching for religious freedom and against the Europeans' right to Indian land. New readers will be caught by the drama of the court case and then by the historical adventure of Williams' escape into the wilderness, where he survives with the help of his Narraganset Indian friends and goes on to found the settlement of Providence, Rhode Island. Watling's glowing illustrations on every page create a strong sense of the period, though at times they almost overpower the spare text. Hazel Rochman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
I felt this book was well written for the Young Readers. Again it gave them knowledge of history they wouldn't find in their Social Studies Class.Published 5 months ago by jimmie Claudine Pope
Thank you for finding this out of print book- my grandson was looking for an historical figure for school and this sounded perfect, plus it is an important story of our country's... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lorrine Zinter
This is a good book. However, the content was just a little "over the students' heads." Also the students found many missing basic facts about the Founder of Providence,... Read morePublished 21 months ago by L. Gordon
Roger Williams was a preacher in the 1600s. He went to trial for preaching about freedomn. He was going to be arrested but one of his friends told him to go away so he wouldn't be... Read morePublished on October 23, 2012