The Mayflower and the Pilgrims’ New World

By: Nathaniel Philbrick

"[T]he Indians and English of Plymouth Colony did not live in perfect harmony. It was fifty-five years of struggle and compromise-a difficult process of give-and-take." From the sailing of the Mayflower to the first Thanksgiving to King Philip's War and its aftermath, Nathaniel Philbrick's adaptation of his National Book Award-winning Mayflower describes the New England colonies' earliest history. Time line. Mayflower passenger list. Selected reading. Index. Black-and-white illustrations.

ISBN: 9780399247958

JLG Release: Feb 2009


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Topics: The Mayflower , Religion , Pilgrims , Puritans , Leiden, Holland , Colonizing the New World , The Adventurers , The Speedwell , Cape Cod, Massachusetts , The Mayflower Compact , Native Americans , Disease , Massasoit (ca ,1581-1661) , European explorers , Squanto (ca ,1590-1622) , Native Americans of New England , Weapons , Plymouth Plantation , Starvation , Diplomacy , Treaties , Corn , Attacks , First Thanksgiving , Medicine , Land deals , Wampum , The Pequot War , Unification , "Praying Indians ," "King Philip" (Metacom, ca , 1638-1676) , Injustices , King Philip's War , Military tactics , The Pease Field Fight , The Great Swamp Fight , Spies , Captives , War dances , Benjamin Church (1639-1718) , The Seaflower , Slavery , Plymouth Rock

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

Horn Book

In this adaptation of his adult best-seller, Philbrick demythologizes the Pilgrims and Indians story, offering remarkable insight and shaking up assumptions. The compelling narrative is divided into three sections, covering two generations of English-Indian relations and King Philip's War, which decimated New England's Native population. The text i In this adaptation of his adult best-seller, Philbrick demythologizes the Pilgrims and Indians story, offering remarkable insight and shaking up assumptions. The compelling narrative is divided into three sections, covering two generations of English-Indian relations and King Philip's War, which decimated New England's Native population. The text is supported by maps, diagrams, archival reproductions, and photographs of artifacts. Reading list, timeline. Bib., ind.

Junior Library Guild

In this detailed history of the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony, Nathaniel Philbrick paints a vivid portrait of New England life in the seventeenth century. Readers learn not only about the events that ultimately led to war with the Pokanokets, Pocassets, Sakonnets, Nipmuks, and Narragansetts, but they also get an intimate look at what the experience w In this detailed history of the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony, Nathaniel Philbrick paints a vivid portrait of New England life in the seventeenth century. Readers learn not only about the events that ultimately led to war with the Pokanokets, Pocassets, Sakonnets, Nipmuks, and Narragansetts, but they also get an intimate look at what the experience was like for those who lived through it. In describing the historic day that the Pilgrims first went ashore on Cape Cod, Philbrick says, “They wandered over hills of sand and found birch, holly, ash, and walnut trees. With darkness coming, they loaded their boat with red cedar. The freshly sawed wood ‘smelled very sweet and strong,’ and that night aboard the Mayflower, for the first time in perhaps weeks, they enjoyed a warm fire.” The quote about the wood’s smell comes from an account written by William Bradford; it is one of the many primary sources that Philbrick incorporates into his narrative.

Philbrick moves past myths to draw both the Pilgrims and the Native Americans as well-rounded, sympathetic characters: “We think of the Pilgrims as tough adventurers strengthened by religious faith, but they were also human beings in the midst of what was, and continues to be, one of the most difficult emotional challenges a person can face: immigration and exile.” Indians, including Squanto, Massasoit, and Philip, come across as fascinating individuals, and the complex alliances among various tribes and colonies are explained clearly. This richly illustrated book is sure to be hugely popular with fans of American and military history.

Book Details

ISBN

9780399247958

First Release

February 2009

Genre

Narrative nonfiction.

Dewey Classification

973.2'2

Trim Size

6" x 9"

Page Count

320

Accelerated Reader

Level 8.3; Points: 14;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 11.6; Points: 19;

Lexile

Level 1170L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Putnam’s

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

The Mayflower, Religion, Pilgrims, Puritans, Leiden, Holland, Colonizing the New World, The Adventurers, The Speedwell, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, The Mayflower Compact, Native Americans, Disease, Massasoit (ca,1581-1661), European explorers, Squanto (ca,1590-1622), Native Americans of New England, Weapons, Plymouth Plantation, Starvation, Diplomacy, Treaties, Corn, Attacks, First Thanksgiving, Medicine, Land deals, Wampum, The Pequot War, Unification, "Praying Indians," "King Philip" (Metacom, ca, 1638-1676), Injustices, King Philip's War, Military tactics, The Pease Field Fight, The Great Swamp Fight, Spies, Captives, War dances, Benjamin Church (1639-1718), The Seaflower, Slavery, Plymouth Rock,

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