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- A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple, Mayflower, 1620 (Dear America)
A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple, Mayflower, 1620 (Dear America)Hot
Twelve-year-old Remember Patience Whipple ("Mem" for short) has just arrived in the New World with her parents after a grueling 65-day journey on the MAYFLOWER.
Mem has an irrepressible spirit, and leaps headfirst into life in her new home. Despite harsh conditions, Mem is fearless. She helps to care for the sick and wants more than anything to meet and befriend a Native American.
In this rerelease of 1996s A Journey to the New World, Newbery Honor-recipient Kathryn Lasky vividly brings the struggles of the pilgrims to life, portraying gritty details realistically but appropriately for her audience. The New World, filled with uncertainty, provides a perfect backdrop for a novel since simple existence proves to be a battle that must be won daily. Laskys narrative transports the reader to Mems world, where ships rock and heave, and food must be scratched from the ground.
One concern that needs attention: the diary format, which this series has shown effectively engages readers, makes pretenses that the book is a real one. It only mentions in very tiny print on the copyright page (a page no young person will ever read) that the work is fictional. The Dear America series should place this in a position of prominence so that readers feel no confusion. Indeed, the Epilogue may lead even adults to believe the diary is genuine.
This aside, readers will admire the spunk Mem demonstrates in the face of adversity as well as her humanity when dealing with grief. An engaging, captivating novel about a fascinating time period in American history.
The book includes illustrations, diagrams, maps and a historical note.