Mayflower 1620: A New Look at a Pilgrim Voyage
This book does a marvelous job of recreating the trip to the New World on the Mayflower and showing exactly what it was like for the pilgrims. Using photographs taken aboard the Mayflower II (a true-to-life reproduction vessel built in 1957) with actors dressed in realist garb from the original voyage's era, the book shares the details of the journey. A little background on why the pilgrims were sailing, provisions they had to bring, delays and their eventual departure, the weather, various people who made the journey, the route taken and navigation of the time period, what daily life was like aboard the ship and special occurrences, how and where the pilgrims landed, and a little about what they did after they landed are all covered in an informative and interesting way. The accompanying photographs of the recreated journey really do bring the story to life and make it seem more real. This is an excellent supplement to your study of early American history and will really help students understand the details about this legendary voyage. By Plimoth Plantation (a living history museum that displays Mayflower II), 48 pgs, pb. ~Rachel
Plimoth Plantation and the National Geographic Society come together to tell the true story behind the legendary voyage of the Mayflower. A meticulously researched work, Mayflower 1620 offers children a compelling, fresh account of this much-told story.
Vibrant photography of a rare reenactment using the Mayflower II leads readers imaginatively into the narrative. The vivid and informative text explores the story behind the exhibits at the living-history museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Primary sources record what the voyagers wore, what they ate, and telling details of their journey. First-person accounts reveal the hopes and dreams they carried. Readers share in the long hours at sea, and in the dangers faced after landfall. Extensive end notes, a map, a detailed chronology, and a bibliography round out the full story of the Mayflower.
Readers experience a new look at this seminal historical event through the eyes of those who now regularly inhabit the world of the pilgrims"the actors who interpret the Pilgrim Voyage. This eye-opening book teaches children the value of closely reexamining everything we think we know.