Title: The Pilgrims at PlymouthThe Pilgrims at Plymouth
Author: Lucille Recht Penner
Illustrator: S. D. Schindler
Pages: 39
Recommended Ages: 9-12
Star Rating: ★★★

It’s a Pilgrim book! Yay! Mom’s already trying to steal it from me…

In this book, an oversized Landmark, Ms. Penner chronicles the Pilgrims’ journey from the sailing of the Mayflower from Plymouth, England, to the three day feast which marked their Thanksgiving towards God for his great mercies. The pages are decorated with pertinent illustrations and contain several fascinating facts. For example…

  • After Priscilla Mullins married John Alden in 1622, she had eleven children.
  • After his initial term, William Bradford was re-elected a total of thirty times!
  • William Mullins, one of the passengers on the Mayflower, brought along 126 pairs of shoes!

Cautions.

In several places, Ms. Penner speaks of the Pilgrim’s religious beliefs and their desire for religious freedom. As far as she goes, she is correct in her statements. However, she neglects to speak of God in other situations where his name was most certainly credited. (She speaks of the Mayflower Compact as merely a document which created a government of fair and equal laws. She also writes that “it was only by great good luck that no one was hurt or the ship blown up” when Francis Billington fired a musket onboard the Mayflower.)

When the story is told of the Pilgrims accidentally digging up an Indian grave, an illustration of two partial skeletons is shown.

Several illustrations of Indians are included, often in nothing but loincloths.

Conclusion. Good. I prefer …If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 and The Pilgrim’s First Thanksgiving, but this is a worthwhile resource as well.

Review © 2013 Laura Verret

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