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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 600L (What's this?)
  • Series: If You…
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition (November 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590451618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590451611
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ann McGovern has been writing children's books for over 35 years. She has published over 45 titles including STONE SOUP, several books in the IF YOU LIVED.... series, and SCRAM, KID! (Viking, 1974), which won the Horn Book Award. McGovern spent part of her career at Scholastic, where she created the See-Saw Book Club. McGovern lives in New York City.

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Were the people on the ship friends? Some people were. Some people weren't.

The sailors hated the Pilgrims. And the Pilgrims didn't like the sailors.

The sailors made fun of the Pilgrims who got seasick. They called them "glib-gabbety puke stockings." One sailor said he wanted to throw half the Pilgrims into the sea.

The sailors hated the Pilgrims' prayers and holy songs. The Pilgrims didn't like the sailors' bad language.

But at the end of the voyage, the sailors had to admit that the Pilgrims had plenty of courage.

And the Pilgrims were thankful that the sailors got them safely to the New World.


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Ann McGovern is the author of over 55 books for children and sales of her books exceed 30 million. She is the author of the classics STONE SOUP and TOO MUCH NOISE, as well as several IF YOU LIVED... books.

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My 8 year old daughter said this is the BEST book about the Mayflower.
a customer
I only stopped because I wanted us to discuss the information we'd just read and if we read the whole book in one sitting, I was afraid we'd lose something.
J. Davis
We are using the book Social Studies Through Children's Literature by Anthony D. Fredericks and he recommends this book for grades K-3rd.
Heidi

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 2001
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I got "If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620" for our Thanksgiving unit based on several glowing recommendations. I was not disappointed. Both my 5 yo and I had a hard stopping once we got started. I learned things about the Pilgrims I'd never known. And, the content is fascinating for children. It covered such curious topics as Did they bathe on the Mayflower?, What did they eat?, How were people who broke the law punished?, What did children do? It was written to entertain anyone over the age of 4. It's a question/answer book and exceptionally well done.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 1999
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This book by Ann McGovern depicts the life that you would have had on the Mayflower. You get a sense and almost feel like you are there with the rest of the pilgrims in 1620. The detail is just great and is a book that all kids should read from a historical standpoint.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 2004
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I am a teacher who was looking for a book for my students to use when we study Thanksgiving. Without a doubt, this story is one of the best that we use. It is a great introduction to reading non-fiction, and it provides a wealth of information for students, parents, and teachers.
My students love the story. They can easily understand the Question-Answer format, and it is not overwhelming in its content. It's written in an 'easy reading' style that the students can understand. They are really interested in what the kids did during this time, especially what they did for fun.
I recommend this book to any student who wants to know more about the Pilgrims and their arrival to America. I also recommend this to any adult who is looking for a wonderful non-fiction book for their favorite child(ren).
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Hampchick on November 22, 2010
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This book was originally written in 1969 and to me reads a bit like a fairytale. My children enjoyed it and it helped us discuss our early history but is best used with other more up to date sources of information. In particular it downplays the role of the Native Americans, refers to them as Indians and Indian braves, but never by tribe name. It mentions that the Pilgrims stole corn but makes no connection between the Native Americans attacking and the theft. In describing the first Thanksgiving it mentions the surprise of the Pilgrims when Massasoit arrived with 90 "Indian braves" but fails to discuss that there wouldn't have been enough food for that many people if the Wampanoags didn't contribute their own food to the feast. What the book does well is to describe the hardships that the pilgrims would have endured on the Mayflower as well as during the first winter in Plimoth. It provides a good description of what a day in the life of a Pilgrim looked like during those first months.

The book was good in that it gave us an opportunity for discussion as we noticed inconsistencies between this book and other resources that we have explored. On a final note: "And there was popcorn too." This is a common myth but there is no evidence that popped corn was present in North America in the 1620's. Lovely thought but unlikely.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 11, 2001
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I purchased this book for my Grandchildren but this is not only a great book for 4-8 year olds but for anyone over 4. You might learn some things you didn't know. By the way, if you ever go to Plymouth you can go on the Mayflower II, and be sure to visit Plimoth Plantation (it's like going back in time to 1630).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Holly on December 28, 2009
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This is a book that I am replacing--having lost my original copy in a move. It's that good. For teaching children ranging from 1st to 5th grade, particularly those who may be second-language learners, this little book is excellent. It's written simply, but with ample information for young learners. Good as your only teaching tool when doing a unit on Pilgrims/Thanksgiving, or as part of a set of similar-genre books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Davis on September 8, 2013
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We homeschool our ten year-old, fifth grade daughter and I planned to use a bunch of these "If You..." books as part of our curriculum this year. My intention was to read a few pages of this book each day, along with "Dear America: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple" over a two week period. Well, we tore through this in three days because my daughter kept begging me to keep going. I only stopped because I wanted us to discuss the information we'd just read and if we read the whole book in one sitting, I was afraid we'd lose something.

I felt like the information was presented in interesting, easily digestible pieces and the reading went absolutely beautifully with our historical fiction selection. She really got to make some great connections.

My eye-rolly little pre-teen loved this book and is excited that we're going to use more of these in our curriculum. We're also using some of the "You Wouldn't Want to be..." books. She likes those a lot, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Monstrosity on December 6, 2011
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My 7 year old sat and read this from cover to cover. That says it all. This book helped her discover tht she likes history.
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