Sailing on the Mayflower

Kingfisher. (Imagine You Were There...). Nov. 2019. 64p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780753475294.
Gr 1-4–It is 1620, and the Pilgrims have just set off on an epic adventure across the Atlantic to the New World. What was life on the Mayflower really like? Why did they go? What will they find when they arrive? These questions and many more are answered in this fact-filled text. Bright illustrations soften the sometimes harsh realities of the Pilgrims’ journey. The latest title in the “Imagine You Were There...” series presents an age-appropriate version of historical events. Information about the children who sailed to the New World is appreciated and will draw in young readers. Important figures are represented in a positive manner; Indigenous people and Pilgrims alike take center stage. Jenner makes connections to current events, encouraging students to contemplate topics such as Indigenous people, refugees, and immigrants. A glossary and an index add value to the text.
VERDICT A well-written book for the intended audience. A good addition to a classroom or elementary school library.

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