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The Mayflower Adventure (The American Adventure Series #1) Paperback – Illustrated, December 1, 1998
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History comes alive for eight-to-twelve year olds in this close-up, fun-to-read, multi-generational story of a fictional family spanning three centuries of actual historical events. God's hand is seen at work in people's lives and in the events that shaped our nation.
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Colleen L. Reece is a writer who brings Christianity and family together in her books Joy to the World: A Treasury of Holiday Traditions, Stories, Prayers, Poetry, Recipes, and More and Apples for a Teacher: Lesson Plans for Life. Reece also writes romance fiction and was voted Favorite Heartsong Author in 1993 and 1994.
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This is one of the major things that children will remember, and it's the popular belief. And it's completely wrong. If the author didn't bother to do basic research of Pilgrim clothing, then there's no reason to think she did with other items. The whole point of this book is to help expand children's knowledge of the Pilgrims; if it's not accurate, why bother?
Also, I didn't like one moral lesson taught. All throughout the book the 12-year-old son is getting in trouble for spying. It's important to remember that eavesdropping, listening to other people's conversation without their knowledge, was considered sinful and horribly ill-mannered. At the end, John wants to be in the room when the men are discussing where to settle their colony. The men say no and send him away, but he sneaks in and hides away. Afterwards, he learns that Father knew he was there, and is glad that he eavesdropped just this once because he witnessed the signing of the Mayflower Compact. Horrible lesson! Father could have invited him to stay, but didn't. After constantly chastising him for eavesdropping all throughout the book, to then say "I'm glad you disobeyed this time for no better reason than curiosity (i.e. no one in danger, etc)," sends a bad message.
Even apart from these two issues, the writing of the book was decent, but not outstanding.
Because of the major historical inaccuracy on a basic point, I cannot recommend this book as being accurate in its portrayal of the Pilgrims. If looking for a supplementary book on the Pilgrims, I would recommend instead Eating the Plates: A Pilgrim Book of Food and Manners. It had a lot of interesting information about the Pilgrims' everyday lives.
This book is about John & Sarah Smythe, and their trip to the New World in the Mayflower. They face dangers like Disease, Storms, Drowning, and Indians. It also shows how helpful Squanto was in keeping the Pilgrims alive. This one wasn't as good as some of the others in the series, because they spent the entire time on the boat, but it was still good. If you are going to read the series, I suggest you start with this one.