Tapenum's Day: A Wampanoag Indian Boy In Pilgrim Times

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Tapenum's Day: A Wampanoag Indian Boy In Pilgrim Times [Hardcover]

Kate Waters , Russ Kendall
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May 1, 1996 4 - 8 yearsPreschool - 3
Chosen to become a special warrior prince in 1627, Tapenum prepares himself for the great honor by hunting, fishing, and sharing a day with friends and family, in a story that is complemented by photographs of Plymouth Plantation.

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Grade 2-4?By following a boy through his day, readers learn how the Wampanoag Indians lived in the 1600s. Their homes, clothing, food, and weapons are shown and explained in the course of the story. Their societal structure is introduced as Tapenum describes each family member's duties and his own desire to become a respected member of his community. Relating the information from his perspective makes it accessible and personal for youngsters. If they do not read the back matter, however, they may not understand that Tapenum is a representative figure, not a real person, and that his experiences are based on conjecture, not fact. The book is successful in showing that kids are kids no matter where or when they live. Large, colorful photographs, taken at a re-created Indian homesite at Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts, add strong visual impact. The text and pictures both demonstrate good attention to detail. Endnotes explain that much of what is known about the Wampanoags comes from archaeological findings in the area. They also provide background information and explain how history is re-created at the homesite. A glossary gives definitions and pronunciations for Wampanoag words and names used in the story. The book is a companion volume to Sarah Morton's Day (1991) and Samuel Eaton's Day (1993, both Scholastic), which describe children's lives in a 17th-century Pilgrim settlement.?Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA
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Gr. 3^-5. Waters and Kendall, who showed the lives of Pilgrim children in Sarah Morton's Day (1989) and Samuel Eaton's Day (1993), offer a useful companion book, a study of a Wampanoag Indian boy in the 1620s. Clear, full-color photographs, taken at the Plimoth Plantation historical site in Massachusetts, make this an unusually vivid visual presentation of Native American life. In the fictionalized story, young Tapenum, disappointed that he has not yet been chosen to become a warrior, hunts for food, shoots a rabbit for his mother, and goes fishing with a companion. Later he befriends a wise man, who teaches him about making arrows and learning patience. The story seems a bit purposeful at times in its inclusion of information, but it does a good job of dramatizing what life might have been like for the Wampanoags, who are often studied in elementary school because of their connection with the Pilgrims. Carolyn Phelan

Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (May 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590202375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590202374
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderful book ! November 13, 1998
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We are big fans of Kate Waters' books about the Pilgrims (Samuel Eaton's Day, Sarah Morton's Day and On the Mayflower). When we discovered "Tapenum's Day", we were thrilled ! I found the 'point of view' from a young Native American boy to be both fascinating and educational, as did my children. We enjoyed seeing this historically accuate slice of life, written from a balanced perspective. I think this wonderful book rounds out the collection, including the other four, that no study of the Pilgrims should be without.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT BOOK! November 23, 2002
Another great book by Kate Waters. This book shows the daily life of a Native American child during the time of the Pilgrims. This book goes great with Sarah Morton's Day and Samuel Eaton's Day. Also, check out On the Mayflower also by Kate Waters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great visuals for the young! November 24, 2007
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There are only a few books specifically on the Wampanoag Indians suited for pre-K through elementary. While the text it a bit too much for a large group of children in the pre-K range (one on one would be excellent), the photos are great. Please check out Kate Waters other books which are excellent companions to the era: Sarah Morton's Day, Samuel Eaton's Day and the Mayflower.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rich Photographs January 16, 2009
This book takes you through the life of the Wampanoag People using great photography which really brings it to life
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Wonderful photos of a Wampanoag young teenage boy illustrate the story of a cape cod native in 1600's, the time if European settlement. This particular boy has failed to achieve a maturity and ability with hunting to be chosen for a special honor: to be a pniese. Other boys have qualified and he is very upset with himself. He lives with a sister and parents in a wetu. That is a reed house which appears to be the summer dwelling of this tribe

Children should live this book about the apparent freedom of Indian boys who don't have to go to school or wear shoes. They wander the forests all day with handmade how and arrows in a fox skin pouch wearing deerskin loincloth and nothing more. Both boys and girls can read and yearn for it as they peruse the photos.

The people portrayed do live full time live at Hobbamock's Homesite inside Plymouth Plantation. They are year round residents next to the colonial village raising corn, weaving mats and baskets, burning out canoes and preparing food. I would love to go and see it myself.

Here in California there are such reed summer houses in Point Reyes seashore national park. Amazing that 3000 miles from each other, completely different tribes came to the same way of building with reeds! But in ferocious New England winters, what did they have ? Long log houses? Heating and fueling was wood?

Girls of hunting tribes were quite restricted. This tribe grew corn and that was a woman's job taught to their daughters. Men and women's lives revolved around the seasons but had distinct separate roles supposedly. I wonder though if in reality all boys and girls, men and women learned to hunt small game wherever hey went. Food was their big concern at all times. All could fish.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! June 12, 2003
I am continually amazed at how children's books offer detail and insight into daily life that no stout history book can provide.
Writing the same review for the other two in this trilogy. Excellent all!
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