Great Book for Kids: If You Sailed On The Mayflower in 1620


If you sailed on the Mayflower in 1620, you would have plenty of stories to tell.  Since that seems highly unlikely, however, Melissa Gaynor from Sweet on Books is here to explain what life for the pilgrims was like in this great book for kids by Ann McGovern:

What You Need to Know:
• This book introduces the reader to the Pilgrims and explains how they settled in the New World.
• Colorful illustrations throughout the pages will help readers to follow along with the text.
• The focus is on the Pilgrims, including a section on the first Thanksgiving, so it is a great choice for that time of year.
• Each of the short chapters addresses a question that is raised in the chapter’s title.
• This book is filled with interesting information and is a great resource for the home or classroom.
• It is one of a series that includes titles like, If You Lived in Colonial Times and If You Grew Up with Abraham Lincoln.

Learning about a period of history is much more engaging and memorable when you can place yourself in that time. That is clearly demonstrated in …If You Sailed on The Mayflower in 1620, where readers not only learn the facts about the Pilgrims, but also find out what life was actually like for them in the New World. What did they eat and drink? Was there any fun to be had aboard the Mayflower? How did they dress? How did they interact with the Native Americans? What did they do if they had a headache? How did they spend Thanksgiving? These details are conveyed using simple language and with just the right amount of information to paint a clear picture, but not overwhelm the reader. There is also a cutaway drawing of the Mayflower that demonstrates what life was like aboard the ship.

It’s a great book to read aloud in the classroom or at home because it will encourage questions and conversation among the students or with family members. It addresses the things that kids are really curious about, and it will get their imaginations going. Yes, they will be learning, but it won’t feel like a chore. The playful illustrations also give a lighter tone to this educational tool. In addition, the detailed Table of Contents lists the questions that are answered in each chapter, making it easy to look back to a specific topic. It’s a great book to share as you celebrate Thanksgiving, but your readers are sure to refer to …If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 again and again.

Related book and activity: Explore Colonial America and learn how to make your own soap boat!

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