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Sarah Morton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl Paperback – October 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reissue edition (October 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590474006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590474009
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.7 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Author Kate Waters was born on September 4, 1951, in Rochester, NY. She went on to earn a B.A. from Newtown College of the Sacred Heart (Boston College) and a M.L.S. from Simmons’ Graduate School of Library and Information Science. She grew up in a big family in which storytelling was very important. She worked as a librarian for ten years at the Boston Public Library. There she became very interested in telling stories to young people and finding out what they enjoyed reading. She moved to New York where she worked on a children’s magazine. While working at the magazine, she started to think about new ways to present history and traditions to children. Her books include pictures of actors depicting the stories Kate writes. In addition, her books have been praised for their content and have won many awards. Kate currently lives in New York City.

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The books are well researched.
Valerie Camp Wisniewski
My kids (4 and 6) love this book, and want it read to them again and again.
Stuart Bloom
I would highly recommend this book to teachers, parents, and libraries.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "reviewer1" on June 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is a photo-journal portrayal of the life of a girl in early America. Based on a real-life child, the recreation (interpretation) in historic setting makes the reader feel as if he or she is right there, living the life.
It provides a great day-in-the-life picture. I borrowed this book from the library because it is part of the "core curriculum" recommended by E.D. Hirsch.
My 6 year old daughter now has a very concrete basis for comparing her own life to what it might have been at another time. It's inspiring and fun. And a great teaching tool (as mentioned in the previous review.)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "cutiephi00" on November 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
I am a Kindergarten teacher and this is a great book to read to them. It has excellent pictures. The words can be difficult for Kindergarteners to understand, however, with a little preparation, they will grasp the concept of the book. This book shows the daily lives of a Pilgrim girl. Samuel Eaton's Day compliments this book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Bloom on May 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
My kids (4 and 6) love this book, and want it read to them again and again. It follows a day in the life of young Sarah Morton, a historical character who was a child in early Plymouth Colony. It shows how the people lived then and how their world view differed from ours, yet it entertains at the same time. It can serve as a springboard for discussions on many different topics -- history, responsibility, religion, family, grief, hard work, and no doubt others.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. Smith on September 10, 2002
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
We originally bought this book at Plimoth Village. My children love it. Having photos of people in actual period dress makes it so much easier to understand that they were real people and they lived differently from us. I share our copy of the book with my children's teachers every fall and they all love it and beg for our copy. Tonight, I'm buying them their own!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Camp Wisniewski on January 21, 2007
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Sarah Morton's Day: A Day in the life of a Pilgrim Girl and its partner books about Samuel Eaton a Pilgrim boy and Tapenum"s Day about a Wampanoag Indian boy are excellent. I used all three in teaching about Massachusetts history. The books are well researched. The setting is Plymouth Plantation where reenactors wear authentic clothing and use authentic reproductions of tools, furniture, etc. The books depict children's work, play, families, homes and clothing. The books should be in every school library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GS on May 5, 2009
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This series is very well done. It uses accurate photography to help the younger reader grasp Pilgrim life. It is especially appealing because it follows the life of a little girl. I have used this series many times with my elementary aged students and highly recommend it. The author uses period vocabulary, with a glossary in the back. It is an excellent resource.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Arena TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 9, 2008
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Sarah Morton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrom Girl is an exceptional teaching tool for the young "history detectives" in your circle. Textbooks are never enough. What better way to understand that the "story" of history happened to real people who looked just like us, had needs and families just like us, but lived a different lifestyle because of the time in which they lived.

Follow this up with a visit to a museum, and the story of our history becomes very real!

This is a wonderful book, and I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Plume45 on December 23, 2013
Format: Paperback
SARAH MORTON’S DAY introuduces a 10-year-old girl in reconstructed 1527 Plymouth (Plimoth Plantation) as she goes about her daily life before tourists and visitors. “Interpreters” like Amelia Poole and others, both adult and children, must remain "in character" while they are being viewed by contemporary tourists. Historical details are supplmented by the excellent photography of Russ Kendal, which highlihgts the authenticiy of the unadorned text.

Readers watch Sarah going through her daily paces: dressing, cooking, polishing, churning, milking, mucking, etc. Wjhat with her home schooling and sacred duties she has little time to play, but manages to squeeze in some feminine recreation. Her mother worries that the girl will not learn to love her new father, whom Sarah earnestly tries to please. Mayhap he will make a stool for her to sit at table or a simple game or toy. This book also includes Notes about Sarah, Plimoth and Amelia--as well as recipes, riddles and rhymes, plus a glossary of unfamiliar words. A gentle, well-researched introduction to the lifestyle of child in New England’s first colony. Great for girls 6-10. IThere is also a companion book for Pilgrim boys.)
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