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My America: Season Of Promise: Elizabeth's Jamestown Colony Diary, Book Three Paperback – November 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 430L (What's this?)
  • Series: My America (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; 1 edition (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439272068
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439272063
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #536,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6-This third book in the series takes place during six months in 1610-11. Lizzie's mother has died, leaving her, Papa, and her twin brother to take care of themselves and the baby. They finally have enough food to eat and the men are working after months of idleness following Captain John Smith's return to England. Lord Delaware has brought supplies and "no one goes hungry" but, under his command, the "new leaders are stern" and "sometimes cruel," which bothers the 10-year-old, and she tells him so. He commends her for her spirit, changes punishments for certain crimes, and even suggests that she would make a great governor some day. And Papa marries Mistress Whistler, who promises Lizzie that she will not try to replace her mother. Beautifully written, this story gives children a glimpse of colonial life through the eyes of a warm, spunky, and heroic young girl, and introduces them to figures such as Pocahontas and Captain John Smith as well.
Leslie Barban, Richland County Public Library, Columbia, SC
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Patricia Hermes is the author of almost fifty books for readers from early middle grades through young adult, as well as two nonfiction books for adults. Her books have won many awards and recognitions: American Library Association Best Book, Smithsonian Notable Book, C.S. Lewis Honor Book, Ira Children's Choice, as well as many state awards, four of them for the novel,You Shouldn't Have to Say Goodbye.

As a lecturer and speaker at schools and libraries, she engages her audience with her lively presentations, underscoring key qualities of good writing, and, of course, good rewriting. (She has been known to revise her books ten times!) She has researched and written six historical novels in the Scholastic Dear America/My America series.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Herman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
Ten-year-old Elizabeth Barker has been learning to live without her mother, who died during a terrible time of disease and starvation in Jamestown Colony. But now, in the summer of 1610, things are beginning to improve. Elizabeth's twin brother, Caleb, has finally arrived in Jamestown to rejoin the family. But Elizabeth worries that her father wishes to remarry, and that he will choose sour Mistress Whistler. Elizabeth is grateful to Mistress Whistler for nursing her baby sister, Abigail, after their mother died. But she doesn't want the woman, who is rarely nice to her, as her new mother. To make matters worse, the colony's new governor is imposing strict, terrible new laws. It will take all of Elizabeth's spirit and bravery to bring her through these new challenges and help her face the changes in her life. I highly recommend this book to readers who have read Elizabeth's first two diaries in the My America series, and to young readers who enjoy reading historical fiction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L.L.W. on November 10, 2009
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I read these books to my children and this is the third and last of the series about Jamestown. We enjoyed the humor, sorrow, and frank examples of what life was like for these early settlers. Elizabeth became a real person and we were able to experience her struggles and triumphs as she grew during those first raw years here in America.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. K. Davies on February 5, 2010
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This is the 3rd in a series my daughter has enjoyed reading. I have read them also, and they seem to be well founded historical fiction appropriate for 8-10 year old children.
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By Brittni on December 28, 2010
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I ordered a hardcover version of this book. When i recieved it it was a paperback. I contacted the seller and they gave me a full refund and let me keep the wrong copy. I half recommend and half not reccomend this book.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MAB on January 4, 2003
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"Season of Promise" was somewhat of a disappointment. This book could have been added on to "The Starving Time: Elizabeth's Jamestown Colony Diary;" in fact, it would have been better off if it was, as "Season of Promise" can't really stand on it's own two feet. Even though this is the longest of the three books, it feels the emptiest. With the addition of Caleb and Mistress Whistler (Anna), you'd think there would be more action, but there isn't. I still give this book three stars because it's apart of a good trio of books. And, once again, there is room for another edition. I don't recommend.
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