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My Name Is America: The Journal Of Jasper Jonathan Pierce, A Pilgrim Boy Hardcover – July 1, 2000
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In 1620, an indentured servant named Jasper Jonathan Pierce sets sail with his master and 100 others on the Mayflower, seeking adventure, freedom from the rules of King James's church, and a new way of life in America.
While many people are familiar with the history of the Pilgrims, popular historical novelist Ann Rinaldi (The Last Silk Dress and A Break With Charity: A Story About the Salem Witch Trials) delves far deeper into the day-to-day life of these brave pioneers. Beleaguered by internal strife and sickness, the passengers and crew of the Mayflower arrived in Plymouth ill-equipped to last the winter. With the help of several Indians who befriended the settlers, many survived, although a number of them died. Viewed through the eyes of 14-year-old Jasper, who records the events of his first 15 months in America in his journal, the Pilgrims' experiences take on a fresh, current feel. Although Jasper is a fictional character, the other characters in the story were real people, and the events are soundly based on factual accounts. Encounters with Pilgrim bullies, the suicide of one woman, and blow-by-blow details of the hardships endured make this an exciting, intelligent addition to the excellent My Name Is America series. (Ages 9 to 12) --Emilie Coulter
From School Library Journal
Grade 4-8-This offering follows the series' design of a diary format that features fictional characters in a historical setting. In this case, a 14-year-old indentured servant records his experiences aboard the Mayflower and his first year in the New World. Based on research and Rinaldi's own interpretations, this title puts flesh and blood on such historical characters as Governor Bradford, John Alden, Priscilla Mullens, and Miles Standish. The hardships the Pilgrims survived on both ship and land are realistically portrayed. This title will be a good companion to Kathryn Lasky's A Journey to the New World (Scholastic, 1996), which covers much of the same material from a girl's point of view. A section of historical notes and drawings is included.
Eunice Weech, M. L. King Elementary School, Urbana, IL
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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The book was about a boy named Jonathan that had to leave his brother Tom because he was going to America to practice his religion and to baptize too. When he got to America they found out that there were Indians there.
Jonathon was a very nice and brave, he stayed strong. They were on the Mayflower.
From there, we are given an account of the journey on the Mayflower, the landing of the Pilgrims and Strangers (non-pilgrims) in the New World, their attempts to settle, and their struggles to make contact with the elusive and frightening (to them) natives, and the harsh (and sometimes deadly) conditions they had to endure while setting up their town and in making it through their first few winters in Plymouth. I enjoyed reading this because the main character (Jasper) is based on an actual historical figure who landed with the Mayflower and while it is a fictional account, it is historically accurate in detailing the condition their lives and the physical and emotional well-being (or lack there of) as individuals and as a community and I think that this book (and the entire series) is a wonderful way for children to get an idea of exactly what life was like for children (and adults) in the colonial period of U.S. history. Jasper himself wasn't a Pilgrim, but his "story" gives the reader and up-close and personal glimpse into their day-to-day lives as well as showing their encounters with the Indians in a way that demonstrates all the fear (and moral superiority on occasion) they felt in meeting and dealing with them. I also like that the author takes the time to also show the lives of the Indians way of life and how they might have felt about these new immigrants in a positive way while foreshadowing the difficulties that were yet to come. Young readers will appreciate reading about the history of the Plymouth colony from a perspective they can relate to and they will get lot of great information on the journey to the new world, the beliefs and practices of the Pilgrims and their struggles to rebuild their lives in this unfamiliar New World! I give My Name is America: The Journal of Jasper Jonathan Pierce five stars and two thumbs up...a great jumping off point for studying the Pilgrims, Plymouth, and/or the voyage of the Mayflower to the New World. This book is ideal for readers age 9-12 and may be suitable for the 7-9 range as a read aloud (with discussion). I'd recommend this book in a heartbeat.
By Ann Rinaldi
Do you ever think you would go back in time and see what it was like to be a Pilgrim? The book talks about the Pilgrims traveling across the Atlantic Ocean. It tells about their troubles. The Pilgrims ran out of food, some people had died of bad sicknesses.
I like this book because you can picture all of the characters. You can also picture the Pilgrim's village because the author paints pictures with words.
The Pilgrims get to the new land but then how does everything go? Find out.
What you just read was a quote from The Journal of Jasper Jonathan Pearce. Jasper Jonathan Peirce was a young pilgrim boy on the Mayflower. The book gives us a look at pilgrim lifestyle. It tells what happened from the first time someone stepped on Plymouth to the Thanksgiving feast. I would recommend this book for eight year olds and over. The book is very unique because instead of chapters it has entries, just like real journal would give this book an eight out of ten. I liked this book because it really happened. If you are interest in history you should buy this book.