Colonists on the Coffee Table (Part I)

Sunday evening we watched a Nest DVD on William Bradford, and began our journey with the Pligrims!

Across the Wide Dark Sea: The Mayflower Journey by Jean Van Leeuwen

A lovely picture book!  Kendra went right for this one!

The Adventurous Life of Myles Standish and the Amazing-but-True Survival Story of Plymouth Colony (Cheryl Harness Histories) by Cheryl Harness

Information rich and well told, far more than just a book about Miles Standish, it has information about the clothing, foods, family relationships, and stories that give vivid pictures of incidents in daily life for the Pilgrims in the New World.

American Pioneers and Patriots by Caroline D. Emerson

Another gem from Christian Liberty Press.  This publisher does a wonderful job of fleshing out history with captivating glimpses into the lives of the figures.

Boys and Girls of Colonial Days by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey

One more Christian Liberty Press title.  Excellent!

Colonial American Home Life (Colonial America) by John F. Warner

I’ll be reading sections of this aloud, almost like a text.  Full of information that gives substance to daily living, furnishing, clothing, tools, and other such details, it is the type of knowledge that fascinates my children, but written in a less engaging way than some.  Reading it together will make it more lively.

Colonial Kids: An Activity Guide to Life in the New World (A Kid’s Guide series) by Laurie Carlson

A fun, fun, fun book of activities! We’ll be doing a few of these at the end of our Colonial unit!

Colonial American Home Life (Colonial America)by Edwin Tunis

Like Colonial Living, this gives essential information, and after reading  a few pages is really a very friendly book.  It doesn’t reach out and pull in a reader at first glace though.  If I get time I’ll read segments of this aloud to the children.  (Or let them take turns reading sections aloud to me and to each other!)

The Double Life of Pocahontas by Jean Fritz

Jena Fritz’s books are favorites here.  Kaira (who says she’s not called “Kaira” anymore, but “Pocahontas”) has claimed this one too.

Finding Providence: The Story of Roger Williams (I Can Read Book 4) by Avi

Simple and beautiful.  A wonderful, easy Chapter Book.

Henry Hudson: Ill-Fated Explorer of North America’s Coast (Explorers of New Worlds) by Barbara Saffer

I purchased this series of Explorers at Library and Educational Services (I love their prices!)  They read like well illustrated and interestingly written encyclopedias.  Not super fun or at all fluffy, but solid, and easily read.  (The spacing of the type makes it especially nice for young readers too.)

Life in New Amsterdam (Picture the Past)Life in New Amsterdam by Laura Fischer

Others in this series will be appearing on the coffee table for the second half of our Colonies unit.  The text portions are excellent but minimal, accented by lots of wonderful illustrations.  Perfect to give Kendra and Keianna a solid feel for time and place.

A Light Kindled: The Story of Priscilla Mullins by Tracy M. Leininger

This Beautiful Girlhood book, along with a matching doll dress, was one of Kaira’s birthday presents.  The dress and book are presently available at a discounted price at Vision forum.

One of the girls must have been reading this one when I photographed the others.  It missed the photo shoot.

John Smith (Junior World Explorers)  by Charles P. Graves

Simply written to be approachable even to the early elementary aged crowd.  Another I’m glad our library had available.

John Smith Escapes Again! by Rosalyn Schanzer

This National Geographic book is beautiful!  The pictures and text are rich and fun.

The Jamestown Colony (Cornerstones of Freedom) by Gail Sakurai

Kendra gave me the most wonderful narration on this book today.  (Wow!  That girl does awsome narrations, with a lot of detail!) For such a thin volume, this book packs in a lot of information in a way that certainly grabbed Kendra’s attention.

Jolliet and Marquette: Explorers of the Mississippi River (Explorers of New Worlds) by Daniel E Harmon

Another title from the Explorers of New Worlds series that I found discounted at Library and Educational Services.  Reads a little bit like an encycolpedia, but an excellent and accessable encyclopedia.

Kings & Queens of England and Scotland by Plantagenet Somerset Fry

I have a copy from our library, and even with shelf space and book dollars at a premium, I’m resisting temptation to buy our own copy.  This is a great book to keep as a reference.

Miles Standish: Plymouth Colony Leader (Colonial Leaders) by Arthur M Schlesinger, Jr

A well written biography.  Not exciting, but clear and very readably written.

The New Americans: Colonial Times: 1620-1689 (The American Story)by Betsy Maestro

We will be using this book extensively in this unit of Tapestry of Grace.  I’ve only flipped through it so far, but am pleased with what I see.

Old Silver Leg Takes Over! A Story of Peter Stuyvesant by Robert Quackenbush

I chose this because it was the only children’s book in the library on Peter Stuyvesant.  Despite being chosen simply by default, it is delightful!  The asside dialogue between two little pigs in the drawings gives an added chuckle.

Pilgrim boy (A Beka book reading program) by Matilda Nordtvedt

We were able to acquire quite a few Abeka books that my children enjoy just for pleasure reading.  This was among them, and Kaira and Kendra have both read it several times.  It is an Abeka 3rd grade book, with comprehension questions and vocabulary words included (although children can ignore these and just read it as a story.)

Pilgrim Cat (Albert Whitman Prairie Paperback)by Carol Antoinette Peacock

Finding this at the library was pure delight!  The author’s discovery that cats accompanied the pilgrims on the Mayflower sparked this book!   Pilgrim Cat gives us a glimpse of Plymouth Plantation through the eyes of “Pounce.”  Keegan chose this book for a bedtime story Saturday night, and officially kicked off our unit!

Pocahontas by Ingri & Edgar Parin d’Aulaire

The d’Aulaire’s books are fantastic, and this one is perfect for my Pocahontas enraptured children.

Pocahontas and the Strangers (Scholastic Biography)  by Clyde Robert Bulla

Kaira’s claimed this one too.  A well told account.  My copy has my name penciled inside in childish printing, and I remember enjoying it when I was about her age.

Rebel Pilgrim: A Biography of Governor William Bradfordby Wilma Pitchford Hays

A find from our jaunt to the library: I’ve not yet perused this one well.

Samuel Eaton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy by Kate Waters

Another photograph-rich book follows a Pilgrim boy as he helps with the Rye harvest.

Sarah Morton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl by Kate Waters

Beautiful engaging reenactment photos, bring the reader along with Sarah Morton to Plymouth Plantation.

Squanto and the First Thanksgiving (On My Own Holidays) by Joyce E. Kessel

This is a fun easy reader.

Stories of the Pilgrims (Yesterday’s Classics) by Margaret B. Pumphrey

This book, from Christian Liberty Press, is outstanding.  Historically accurate, at least according to my recollections of William Bradford’s journals and other accounts from the time, it is rich in both information and appeal.

The Thirteen Colonies (Cornerstones of Freedom)by Gail Sakurai

On the “must read” list for both Kaira and Kendra, as we begin this unit.  An excellent overview.

Three Ships Come Sailing by Gilchrist Waring

Another good overview of the founding of Jamestown.

Three Young Pilgrims by Cheryl Harness

Captivating enough for even a young child, but surprising detailed in information.  Definately a treasure for teaching small folk.

William Bradford: Governor of Plymouth Colony (Colonial Leaders)by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr

Great combination of reenactment photographs, drawings and paintings, this book takes the reader from England to Holland then to Plymouth.


2 thoughts on “Colonists on the Coffee Table (Part I)

  1. Gracious, that's a lot of books! And yet, I didn't see one on the famous explorer Kieran… 🙂 I love just about everything I've seen from Cheryl Harness and the Maestro's; I have checked out nearly all of them to read for fun, when we weren't yet studying that part of history! And I love early American history too. Have fun! Veronica

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