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Hands-On Heritage: Colonial American Activity Book. A book of hands-on activity ideas that help students in grades 1-6 explore colonial times through art, crafts, cooking, and historical aids. Activities include making a papier-mâché Plymouth Rock, bartering with corn, making paper quilts, making tops, making a hornbook, and many more. Each activity is introduced with its historical background. Cat. #EP3, $6.25-D. A companion volume is Read and Respond: Colonial American Literature and it introduces children's books related to the period, including some of those described above. Cat.#EP28, $7.15-D. A new read and color book has recently been introduced to accompany this book High interest topics are coupled with lower level reading (third grade target). This is not a reproducible book, though. Colonial America Read and Color, Cat. #EP204. $3.59-D

American Family of the Pilgrim Period Paper Dolls in Full Color by Tom Tierney. Dover. $4.46-D

Colonial American Photo Fun Activities. This is a series of 81/2 x 11 inch color titled photos related to the colonial period. Each photo's back side has historical information to introduce the photo, an activity related to it, and a Trivia Trackdown section with questions for students to research. Answers are included. Cat. # EP40, $6.25-D.

Daily Life in the Pilgrim Colony 1636 by Paul Erickson. Clarion Books. For ages ages nine and up. The author and photographers paint a fascinating portrait of an early Pilgrim settlement. The author describes the duties of each family member -- even the children -- and their roles in the community as a whole. Vivid, full-color illustrations show us a family and the items they would have used in their home in Plymouth. Many of the photos come from Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum. The book also features a timeline of the colony from 1455, when Guttenberg finished printing the Bible to 1863, when Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday. A glossary and index are also included. 48 pages. #0395-988411. $8.96-D



Eating the Plates: A Pilgrim Book of Food and Manners by Lucille Recht Penner. Aladdin, 1991. It seems the Pilgrims thought about food most of the time because they were forced to. They couldn't just go to the store and buy food, for there were no stores. Hunting, gathering, growing, and cooking were full-time jobs. This book is devoted to answering questions about what and how the Pilgrims ate and where their food came from. And, yes, they did sometimes eat their plates -- if they were made of stale bread. For ages 7-11. Illustrated with art reproductions and other black/white pictures. Many recipes are included. At the end are a glossary, bibliography, and index. 117 pages.  BTH-1996. $5.39-D




N.C. Wyeth's Pilgrims, text by Robert San Souci. Chronicle Books, 1991. This account of the Pilgrims' coming to the New World until the time of their thanksgiving feast is illustrated by N. C. Wyeth. This account is fairly secular, the only mention of religion being that the Pilgrims were Separatists hoping to find religious freedom. We are left with the impression that the Pilgrims held their feast to say thank you to the Indians, with no mention of God or prayer in the daily life of the Pilgrims. The art, however is beautiful. To enlarge the image, please click on it. BTH-2350. $6.26-D

The First Thanksgiving Feast, by Joan Anderson. A reenactment of the Pilgrims' first Thanksgiving celebration, photographed at Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, MA. photos are black and white, but they bring the pilgrim period vividly to life. Cat. #BTH-1992. $6.25-D.





The Pilgrims of Plimoth, written and illustrated by Marcia Sewell. This beautiful picture book shows the daily life of the Pilgrims from the beginning of their voyage on the Mayflower, the  the settlement of Plimoth, the hard winter, and eventually, the harvest and promise of survival and growth. The story is told with many quotations from William Bradford's Of Plymouth Plantation and from Mourt's Relation, another early primary source, which was printed in 1622. 48 pages with glossary. BTH-2228. $6.29-D.  Click on image to enlarge it.


Pilgrims of Plymouth by Susan E. Goodman. National Geographic. For ages 4-8. This highly visual story of the Pilgrims was photographed at Plimouth Plantation, a living history museum,  so that children can see just how the Pilgrims lived. Most pages have just one-three sentences in giant print to explain the full-color pictures. 16 pages.BTH-1607. $5.36-D






Pilgrim Voices, edited by Connie and Peter Roop, The clear, easy-to-read, double-spaced type tells the story of the Pilgrims’ first year in the New World as a series of dairy entries written in the first person. The primary sources the authors drew from were Mourt’s Relation and Of Plymouth Plantation, sources authored by Edward Winslow and William Bradford. The editors modernized the language and changed Bradford’s journal from the third to the first person for unity of voice. About half of the 45-pages in this God-honoring history are gorgeous color paintings by Shelley Prichett, making this volume a feast for the eyes. The book, suitable for all ages past preschool, also contains a forward full of historical background, the text of the Mayflower Compact, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index.  Currently in stock in paperback for $8.06-D The copy I have left has light damage to the cover from display. There is a crease in the top front corner. BTH-1627. $8.06


The Pilgrims at Plymouth: A Landmark Book by Lucille Recht Penner. Illustrated by S.D. Schindler. Random House. For grades 2 and up. The author tells the story of the Pilgrims' struggle to create a new home in the wilderness of a new land and and how  both the settlement they founded and  the principles they established helped to shape the new American nation. Each page has simple, informative text and full-color illustrations that make history come alive for young readers.  44 pages. 8" x 10.5". #0375-821088. $8.09-D




SarahMor.gif (7732 bytes) Sarah Morton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl, by Kate Waters. Color photographs by Russ Kendall. A photographic story told in the voice of a Pilgrim girl in Plimoth who is explaining to young readers the details of her daily activities. At the end are a glossary and historical background notes. Cat. #BTH-1995. $5.39-D




SamuelE.gif (7769 bytes)Samuel Eaton's Day. A companion to Sarah Morton's Day. It shows a young Pilgrim boy going about his daily activities. At the end are a glossary and historical background notes. Cat. # BTH-1994. $5.39-D.






The Story of the Pilgrims Coloring Book by Fran Newman-D'Amico. Dover Publications,  2005. If you need a simple coloring book for younger children (as opposed to Dover's usual coloring books that are more detailed) and you want a totally secular story of the Pilgrims and Thanksgiving, this is it. The captions are in large print, nobody prays no matter how hard times get, and there is no mention of whom the Pilgrims were really thanking at their Feast with the Indians. It's totally politically correct for this period in our history  and OK for public schools. For those who would prefer a message more true to the original documents from the period you will have to add quite a bit to this. But the pictures are reproducible for home and classroom use. There are 30 scenes to color. BTH-2348. $2.95*





TGivStory.gif (5972 bytes)A Thanksgiving Story, by Alice Dalgliesh. Tells the story of the Hopkins family's Mayflower voyage and their first year in the Plymouth Colony. It culminates with the first Thanksgiving. Aimed at children 4-8. A picture book illustrated by Helen Sewell. Copy in stock has earthquake damage to bottom corner, which is bent. . Cat. # BTH-1993.  $5.39-D.



3YngPil.gif (7429 bytes) Three Young Pilgrims, a paperback book for children 5-10, is also based on Bradford’s writings. The author and illustrator, Cheryl Harness, has created a panorama of paintings that captures the Pilgrim story from the time that three young children, Mary, Remember, and Bartholomew, find themselves in the middle of the ocean on the Mayflower, until Mary’s death in 1699. If your children are visual learners, you’ve got to get this book. The first major painting is a map of the Atlantic Ocean showing the sailing Mayflower with geographical notes tracing the adventures of the Pilgrims from the time they fled England for Holland until they settled in Plymouth. The next double-page spread is a cross-section of the Mayflower showing the people and supplies crowded onto the various parts of the ship. The main story is illustrated by spectacular paintings showing life on the Mayflower and in Plymouth. Then there is a labeled picture-map of Plymouth Plantation with a time-line of earlier New World explorations along the bottom and an illustrated chart on the far right showing what else was going on in other parts of the world while the Pilgrims were having their adventures. The last pages in the book contain labeled pictures of all the Mayflower passengers, with one double-page spread allotted to the Saints, and another to the Strangers, and the difference between them explained. The Indians get their own double-page spread which is bordered with small drawings of native plants, animals, and sea-life. The last page is a bibliography. All of this is only $5.35-D. BTH-1606

Turkeys, Pilgrims, and Indian Corn: The Story of the Thanksgiving Symbols, by Edna Barth. Most of this book for middle graders focuses on the history of Thanksgiving and pilgrim life and customs, including clothing, houses, animals, family life, and, of course, their faith. Paper, 96 indexed pages with bibliography.  Illustrated by Ursula Arndt. Has small red dot on top edge, indicating that it is a remainder, and thus a bargain book. 6.95, 3.50B


William Bradford: Pilgrim Boy by Bradford Smith. Beautiful Feet, no date, reprint. Illustrated by Robert Doremus. This classic biography of William Bradford for children was recently brought back into print for the enjoyment of today's young readers. Vocabulary is just right for those reading at chapter book level. 200 pages. BTH-41 $8.95

William Bradford: Plymouth's Faithful Pilgrim by Schmidt. William Bradford came to the New World with the other Pilgrims in search of religious freedom. His great faith in God and in his own abilities helped him establish a stable colony.  He did his best to be fair to his fellow colonists and to the Native Americans living in the area. He became governor and made a permanent mark on American history, leaving a legacy of faith in the God he loved and served.  This softcover book is filled with maps, paintings, and historical illustrations. 200 indexed pages. For upper elementary and above.BTH-5880.  $9.00


Adventures in Colonial America: Jamestown - New World Adventure by James E. Knight. Troll. Written at the middle grade reading level. Two English children learn about Jamestown was their mother reads their Grandfather Israel Worth's journal to them. At the beginning of this journal, he identifies himself as a master carpenter aboard the ship Susan Constant on the way to "James Towne." Though told mostly in the form of this journal, the book often interrupts the journal to accommodate the children's questions and their mother's answers. Trl-45544. $3.59-D

Pocahontas by Ingri & Edgar Parin d-Aulaire. This oversize quality paper picture book is written at about third grade reading level the the interest level is much wider.Although full-color pictures occupy more space than words, there is still plenty of text to bring to life the Native american princess who did so much to help the Jamestown settlement survive.48 pages. $11.95*

Pocahontas Coloring Book by Brian Doherty. A Dover educational coloring book that has plenty of text to go with the pictures to color, which are reproducible. The text is about fourth grade reading level. $2.66-D

World of Captain John Smith by Genevieve Foster. Oversize quality paper. This slice of history is measured by the lifetime of Captain John Smith, who lived in the days of Queen Elizabeth, and was a daring adventurer. If all you know abut him is his life in Jamestown, you're missing a lot. Did you also know he was an escaped slave? One special feature I appreciate in this and other Foster books is the historical perspective presented in the wonderful illustrated time charts found at the beginning of each unit. These show which important people were living and ruling and what important events were taking place in technology, religion, literature, and the arts. And this reads like the adventure story it is rather than like a textbook, which it isn't. I read it aloud to my children and we discussed it together. I also had them read other biographies of Smith, each on his own level,  so that we could compare them. But this book has a much wider span than a biography. It is indeed the story of the whole world between 1580 and 1632. You will probably learn more about Jamestown in this book than you will in the textbooks, and you will also learn about the part the Pilgrims played in the New World. 406 pages with index. $15.95*

Young Pocahontas: Indian Princess by Anne Benjamin. A Troll First-Start Biography. Trade paper. This is a very simple biography, averaging about 35 words in three or four sentences per page, with lots of full-color illustrations. $3.15-D

See Also Life in the American Colonies for later colonial life.
If you are interested in classroom plays for this period, see our page for Drama, Plays, and Choral Readings

Providential American History / Historical Communities Series

Used American History Books.


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