A thirteen-year-old orphan is shipwrecked near New Plimouth in 1626, and while recuperating, he carves woodcuts and writes stories detailing daily life in the New World, in a story based on historical accounts. Children's BOMC & History Alt.
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Gary Bowen is the author-illustrator of the New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book My Village, Sturbridge and the award-winning Stranded at Plimoth Plantation 1626. His work has been exhibited by the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri/Lorimier Gallery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He lives in Sudbury, Vermont.From School Library Journal:
Grade 2-6-When the good ship Sparrowhawk is wrecked near Plymouth in 1626, a 13-year-old indentured orphan passenger is lodged with Elder William Brewster's family until his journey to Jamestown can continue. This is Christopher Sears's account of his stay there, written in journal form in comfortably large print and liberally illustrated with handsome colored woodcuts. His entries offer brief yet penetrating glimpses of Pilgrim life and his own hopes and fears, and his conversational narrative provides easily absorbed information on early American food, housing, religion, clothing, family life, and the local Indians. The strict Puritans of stocks and eight-hour Sabbath services are here, as are the fun-loving, dancing and drinking Pilgrims and "Strangers" of the colony. The youthful voice and observations, in language that is a remarkable blend of clarity and period flavor, provide a more intimate and involving picture of the period than more straightforward factual accounts. However, while there are many facts here-indeed, young readers might mistakenly assume that the journal itself is a historical document-there are no sources or notes. Bowen plays with the timing of at least one incident, and it would be interesting to know where any other liberties have been taken. Also, unfamiliar terms appear and their meanings are not always deducible from the context. Still and all, this is a lively, quality addition. Marcia Sewall's The Pilgrims of Plimoth (Atheneum, 1986) is more straightforward, is told in quainter language, and is illustrated with expressionistic paintings.
Nancy Palmer, The Little School, Bellevue, WA
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Book Description Harpercollins, N. Y., 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. First Edition. First edition hardcover. Words and woodcuts by Gary Bowen. 81 pages. 11 1/4 in. X 8 3/4 in. No writing, names or marks. Dust jacket and book are in Fine, as new, condition. ; 11 1/4 in. x 8 3/4 in. Bookseller Inventory # 313977