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by Mark Greenwood
Frané Lessac, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 9 x 11 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823429431 | 07-01-2014

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Colonial America, Customs & Traditions, Thanksgiving, Native American Interest, Transportation
Recommendations: A, K, LMC, PW, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
L. 2.1, 3, 4, 4a, 4e, 5, 5a-b, 6
RI. 2.1-4, 6, 8-10
RF. 2.3-4, 4a, 4c
SL. 2.1, 1a-c, 2-4, 6
W. 2.2, 5, 7-8

About the Book
This beautifully illustrated picture book narrates the historic journey of the one hundred and two passengers aboard the Mayflower and their settlement at Plymouth Harbor.

The three-thousand-mile trip was crowded and dangerous, with families cramped next to animals and stormy seas along the way. Trouble continued when the passengers settled in Plymouth for a bitter, cold winter. However, their determination was ultimately rewarded; the Pilgrims adjusted to the New England climate thanks to help from local Native American tribes and soon celebrated their first harvest in the New World.

Dramatic gouache paintings fill this story with warm color and detail, showing each step of the incredible journey. A time line lists the sequence of events and elaborates on the evolution of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. What is the main topic of the book? Create a list of all the facts that you learned about the Mayflower. Did anything surprise you? Share with the class. RI.2-3.1, 2 / SL.2-3.1, 2
2. Create a story map of THE MAYFLOWER. Include and explain important events. RI.2-3.3
3. Recall important people from the story who influenced the outcome of the voyage. Explain the individual's role. RI.2-3.1, 3
4. What was author Mark Greenwood's purpose in writing this book? Write your opinion on the importance of the topic. RL.2-3.6 / W.2-3.2, 9

Educators' Guide
Educator's Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration. Includes connections to the Common Core State Standards.