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On The Mayflower Paperback – October 1, 1999
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4?In this historically accurate, fictionalized account for beginning chapter-book readers, Waters tells a story of the Mayflower's passage to America through the characters of William Small, the apprentice to the master of the ship, and Ellen Moore, an eight-year-old passenger. The text is based on historical documents, two passenger accounts of the actual trip, and other voyages of the time. In a section at the end, the author explains her research; and distinguishes fact from fiction. Kendall's clear, full-color photographs, shot on the Mayflower II, complement the story. This book is well written, designed, and photographed. A good choice for patrons who enjoyed Waters and Kendall's Samuel Eaton's Day (1993) and Sarah Morton's Day (1989, both Scholastic).?Charlyn Lyons, Wichita Public Library, KS
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Gr. 3^-5. Similar to Waters and Kendall's earlier works about children in the 1620s, Sarah Morton's Day (1989), Samuel Eaton's Day (1993), and Tapenum's Day (1994), this book tells of two young people crossing the Atlantic on the Mayflower. The narrator is William Small, apprentice to the ship's master; Ellen Moore is the young passenger he befriends. Readers can follow the journey from these two different perspectives. Full-color photographs of costumed characters aboard the Mayflower II illustrate the story, making it more vivid than most accounts of the Mayflower voyage. Although the photos sometimes look posed, they provide intriguing glimpses of seventeenth-century ways; many of the pictures are quite handsome in their own right. A good addition to American history collections. Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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When I first encountered these stories, I frankly didn't love them. The lighting in the photographs could be improved, and while the text reflects the flavor of 17th-century English, the story quality isn't incredible. However, the great feature of this story is its carefully-researched setting and costumes. Many scenes evoke the feeling of actually being there. The Pilgrims shivering in the 'tween decks make the reader feel cold and scratchy, and the sight of a boy caulking storm-wrought leaks in the dark hold gives a sense of the dread those leaks inspired. If you're not able to actually visit the real Plimoth Plantation, this is the next best thing. It's a really nice supplement to a study of the Pilgrims.