Andrew Santella - The Plymouth Colony

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Good Beginnings- The Plymouth Colony

Apr 22, 2008
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Pros:Well written. Good overview and good illustrations.

Cons:None.

The Bottom Line: Though a children's book, I would highly recommend this book be read by any age for a really good basic understanding of history in early America.


The Plymouth Colony is a child's history of the second permanent English settlement in America. This richly illustrated volume is part of the We the People series on the history of the United States. I've found it to be a valuable part of my personal library. It's a nice concise overview for the beginning of an adult investigation of the history of the Pilgrim's start in America.

Summary

Written at an elementary level, the story begins by telling of the Pilgrims' landing and search for a suitable building site after spending two months on the cramped Mayflower.

The author then looks back at the reasons the Pilgrims decided to make the journey in the first place: their desire for religious freedom. We follow their search for a place they could worship God as they felt led as they move to Holland and then the trials and struggles of actually getting to America.

Having landed farther north than intended the passengers of the Mayflower draw up their own document outlining their government- the Mayflower Compact -and elect their first governor.

Samoset and Squanto were among the native people who helped the Pilgrims survive and the Pilgrims in turn nursed Massasoit back to health when he became ill. After their first harvest the Pilgrims and the Native Americans celebrated together with food and games.

The book ends as Plymouth officially became a part of the royal colony of Massachusetts in 1691.

The book includes a Glossary, Interesting Facts, a Timeline, Important People and resources to learn more.

What I Liked.

It flows well and tells the broad story well. The text was so engaging that I didn't take time to really look at the pictures, but took a second trip through the book to study them and read the captions. It has great artwork and several photos of reproductions and historical sites today. The author points out that the celebration of the first harvest wasn't called the first Thanksgiving by the Pilgrims, but that it is the basis of our Thanksgiving today.

There really wasn't anything that I didn't like about the book.


Recommend this product? Yes


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