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- File size : 1054 KB
- Publication date : December 1, 1958
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 131 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B003K16PTG
- Publisher : HMH Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (December 1, 1958)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #63,472 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Her arrival doesn't go as expected. Kit's uninhibited childhood in Barbados has left the sixteen-year-old wildly unprepared for life among her Puritan relatives. Her cousins covet her beautiful clothes even while her uncle looks at the bright colors and luxurious fabrics of her dresses with scorn. Kit barely recognizes her aunt, struggling to see any hint of her own mother in her aunt's weather worn face.
When she discovers a beautiful meadow near a pond, Kit finds some much needed solitude and a break in the monotonous drudgery of life with her relatives. Kit also finds an unexpected friend in Hannah Tupper, an old woman who is shunned reviled by the community for her Quaker beliefs and rumors that claim Hannah is a witch.
As she learns more about Hannah and her life by the pond Kit will have to decide what, if anything, she is willing to give up for a chance to belong in The Witch of Blackbird Pond (1958) by Elizabeth George Speare.
Have you ever had a visceral reaction to a book. The Witch of Blackbird Pond is that kind of title for me.
This Newbery award winner came to my attention after my aunt gifted me a copy from her days working at Houghton Mifflin when I was in grade school. Like a lot of books back then I motored through it, eventually donated my copy to my school library, and didn't think about it again for years. But because I became a librarian and worked briefly at a bookseller, I encountered this classic title again as an adult.
Every time I saw it on a shelf I would feel that jolt of recognition. Yes, this book was one that meant so much to me as a child. It also, if you pay attention to book editions, has had some hideous covers over the years. My most recent rediscovery of The Witch of Blackbird Pond happened when The Book Smugglers featured the book in their Decoding the Newbery series. I enjoyed reading Catherine King's thoughts (and share many of them) but what really jolted me was the cover. Because finally it was the cover I had first read so many years ago!
Finding and purchasing that edition prompted me to re-read The Witch of Blackbird Pond. I discovered a lot of the things I remembered loving when I read the story the first time: Kit's determination and perseverance not to mention her friendship with Hannah Tupper. I also love the push and pull Kit has both with her cousins and her suitors. This story is more purely historical than I remembered and Speare's writing is starkly evocative of Puritan New England.
For readers of a certain age, The Witch of Blackbird Pond needs no introduction or recommendation. Younger readers will also find a smart, character driven story. Perfect for fans of historical fictions and readers hoping to discover (or rediscover) a charming classic.
Possible Pairings: All the Truth That's in Me by Julie Berry, Chime by Franny Billingsley, A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray, Conversion by Katherine Howe, Salt and Storm by Kendall Kulper, Witch Child by Celia Rees, The Caged Graves by Dianne K. Salerni
― Elizabeth George Speare, The Witch of Blackbird Pond
A book from my childhood and one of the best pieces of Historical fiction..one of the best BOOKS..I have ever read.
PLEASE do not go into this..if you have not read it..thinking it is only for children or young adults. Do you know how many people I know who read this in adulthood? So have I although my first reading of it was in my childhood.
So Kit is a newcomer to the United States. She has come here from Barbados. She knows nobody. She knows nothing of the Puritan culture. Her grandfather has died and her only family left is her Aunt Rachel. She has come in the hopes of living with Rachel and her family as she is bereft and is leaving little behind.
Kit is used to the free spirited way of living that she has always embraced in Barbados. She knows nothing of the customs that guide New England. She knows nothing about how the village people regard women. She does not know that women here don't know how to read, do not know how to swim and most of all she does not know about witch trials and about the rules governing the lands.
It isn't long before Kit befriends two people. One of them is Prudence, a scared little child whose family thinks she is "dumb" and as a result she does not go to school. The other is Hannah. Regarded with deep suspicion and mistrust Hanna is a widow and a Quaker who lives alone. Nobody in the village will speak to her. There is a deep certainty amongst the villagers that Hannah must be a witch.
So this is a bit of what the book is about but I have not even scratched the surface. It is considered a classic and I reread every few years especially when I want to go back in time and touch my childhood. I cannot think of a piece of writing better in the Historical Fiction genre and if you missed it as a kid or an adult, it is one that will stay with you.
Now I have some SPOILERS..just about the ending..so if you have not read it, stop here.
The last scene is among the most romantic and satisfying I have ever read. Likewise the trial and the testimony of Prudence are also written so flawlessly. I often think of Kit and Nat and Mercy and Judith and John Holbrook and Aunt Rachel and Mathew and Prudence and Hanna. They all stepped off the pages and became my friends. Sometimes the smell of New England will bring me back to the book as will apple pie, kittens, boats and the sound of the ocean. Please read this book.
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The writing is clear yet intelligent, no dumbing-down to children here, and the depictions of the town and the various locations are realistically written.
she mostly just reads Terry Prattchet's books but she devoured this almost without taking a break.