A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple, Mayflower, 1620 (Dear America Series)

by Dear America (Series)

Other authorsKathryn Lasky (Author)
Hardcover, 1996



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Scholastic Inc. (1996), Edition: First Edition, 176 pages


Twelve-year-old Mem presents a diary account of the trip she and her family made on the Mayflower in 1620 and their first year in the New World.


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176 p.; 7.71 inches

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LibraryThing member Hamburgerclan
This is the first book of the Dear America series that I have read. My elder daughter has loved the series for years, but apart from peeking at some of the historical information in the back of the book, I've never read one. Until now, of course. My younger daughter is learning about the Pilgrims,
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so as a dutiful teacher, I feel obliged to read the same books she has to read. This one's the diary of a Puritan lass named Remember Patience Whipple. She's sailing aboard the Mayflower with her parents and young sister, heading toward a new life in America. I had mixed feelings about the book. On one hand, it was a bit heavy handed with the history. In the first entry, Remember gives us the dimensions of the Mayflower as well as a definition of the "Saints", the group to whom she belongs. I find it hard to believe that a twelve-year-old girl would bother to record this information unless, of course, she was secretly trying to entice her reader to learn some history. On the other hand, a few entries later Remember lists synonyms for vomit--something I would expect to find in a pre-teen's diary. So the story's not a perfect disguise for the history lesson, but Ms. Lasky has made a good attempt. The story is good enough for me to let my girls check it out.
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LibraryThing member jen.redmini
Just before leaving home for the new world Patience is given a journal to write in. She describes the trip to America, her new best friend, the arrival, and survival. A quick read.
LibraryThing member Mluke04
This is historical fiction because the main character is fictional, but the events and some of the people referenced in this book are real. This diary was written from the perspective of a young girl on the Mayflower at later at Plymouth Colony.
The style of this book is very effective. The diary
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entries are of varying lengths which makes reading easier. The person feeling of a diary draws the reader into the story and they feel like Remember is writing to them.
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LibraryThing member sgerbic
Reviewed July 2005

Another charming Dear America book "written" by a 12 year old girl traveling on the Mayflower. I learn so much whenever I read these books. Amazing to think about the courage needed to travel so far with death everywhere. Large amounts of people died around Remember, I guess that
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was what life was like in those times, sickness, child birth and injuries could all mean death. Sad that when these people came to America they came to escape government telling them how to worship, and ended up being so intolerant of people wanting to worship differently in their settlement. They felt they were more privy to the knowledge of God. They tried to convert the people they found in America. I hope this child learned the ways of the Indians, how to swim and enjoy her childhood, but I bet she didn't.

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LibraryThing member lauraklandoll
This is the story of Remember Patience Whipple,told by means of her diary, day by day. It starts when Rem. and her family are on the Mayflower on their way to the New World. We learn about the sea sickness most of the passengers suffer to the Plimoth(her spelling) Settlement hardships and
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While I read this book,I was transported to the Mayflower and the New World. Rem's writing was very easy to read and very discriptive. I felt her pain and her excitment.

This is a perfect book to introduce any thing from the Mayflower to the early English settlers, to young children's experirnces in the New World, to students.
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LibraryThing member queenpanda
Twelve Year old Patience and her family have set out on the journey from Europe to the New World on the Mayflower. She weathers the storms, and seaseickness. They finally reach land only to discover that conditions are no better, she tries her best to get through the days, to only lose her mother
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at death's door, and her best friend who goes back to Europe. How can a young girl survive?Kathryn Lasky has out done her self ont his historical Diary. She has showed every emotion that a young girl would be going through losing those close to her, in a world she wasn't exactly sure of. Everyone, no matter their age will love this diary, and I recommend it to all. It is the greatest book I have read concerning the mayflower.
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LibraryThing member SimoneAlexis
Remember Patience Whipple, or Mem for short, comes off the Mayflower in 1620 and enters a new world. Set in diary entry form, this book (as well as the entire Dear America series) is a great historical fiction book for students to read because it tells stories about the past through young childrens
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(similar to children today) eyes. I would recommend this book for beginning readers.
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LibraryThing member Cassandra2020
Ok, so this is a children's book, and I bought it by accident, but it's still really interesting. I know very little about the Pilgrim Fathers and their arrival in the New World. Whilst this isn't exactly an in depth tome of the events and their repercussions, it does give a flavour of the
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experiences of those that travelled and settled in Plymoth.
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LibraryThing member justagirlwithabook
I don't remember much of these books as individual books, but I remember reading them all as a young, avid reader. I think that ultimately these books are the reason why I love historical fiction novels so much. They all did such a great job of taking me to a different time and place and making it
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come alive, seeing the world through an older, historical lens. I highly recommend any of the Dear America books to younger readers who love history and need to get hooked on reading!
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LibraryThing member Keiffer
"The Lord taketh, then He giveth and taketh back again..."
"A Journey to the New World, the Diary of Remember Patience Whipple," is a two part dairy of a young girl who with her family and others traveled across seas in hopes of new lands for religious freedom. The first part of Remember's diary
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tells the story of sailing 2950 miles on the Mayflower in the Atlantic Ocean. The second part of Remember's diary tells of struggles and joys of beginning life in the New World.
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