I liked this book for 4th and 5th graders who are studying American history. It's a fictional account of a boy who survived shipwreck off the Massachusetts coast in 1626; friendly Native Americans took him and the other survivors to Plimoth Plantation. Christopher Sears, age 13, was placed with Elder Brewster and his family, senior members of the colony. The book, written in diary form, gives a good account of the daily life of a young teenage boy in that place at that time. Christopher has lessons with some other boys, digs for clams for dinner, mends fences, hoes the garden, and helps make the coffin when needed. He attends 8-hour church services and impromptu celebration dances in the street. The book may be hard to find as it was written in 1994. More detailed in some ways, but very reminiscent of Sarah Morton's Day: a Day in the Life of a Pilrim Girl, by Kate Waters, and Samuel Eaton's Day: A Day in the life of a Pilgrim Boy and Tapenum's Day: A Wampanoag Indian Boy In Pilgrim Times, both by Kate Waters and Russ Kendall, and written about the same time.
Jan 05, 2011