N.C. Wyeth's Pilgrims

by Robert D. San Souci

Hardcover, 1991



Local notes

974.4 San

Illustrated by N.C. Wyeth




Chronicle Books (1991), 40 pages. $12.00 (2007).


Recounts the coming of the Pilgrims to America, with illustrations by N.C. Wyeth.


Orbis Pictus Award (Recommended Title — 1992)


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Physical description

40 p.; 9.05 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member SJeanneM
Story consists of the history of the pilgrims and how they got to America and started their colony. The book doesn't focus too much on the religious aspects of the book which makes it good for school settings. However, book had few pictures and a lot of words. I wouldn't read this to any younger
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than 2nd grade at the youngest because it is just too long to hold the attention of children younger than that.
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LibraryThing member lauraloftin
Although the pictures were beautiful, they were stereotypical and cliche. This story seemed to leave out some of the details of the Pilgrim's adventures that were less than pleasant. Also, the text was difficult to read and took up too much of the pages. It was the kind that makes you want to skip
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certain pages because the text is overwhelming.
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LibraryThing member SuPendleton
This nonfiction picture book is beautifully illustrated by N.C. Wyeth who created the paintings for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. in the 1940s. Because these paintings were originally for a client, the paintings are dreamy and romantic. The text accompanying the illustrations is simple and
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straightforward. It does not need to have a glossary of terms because the target audience appears to be lower elementary. The tone of the book gives a very rosy-colored view of the Plymouth settlement and glosses over the hardships the settlers faced and the conflicts with the local Native Americans. Although the book claims to be "carefully researched," the author only mentions using William Bradford's account of the settlement of Plymouth and research conducted while visiting the historical site. He does add facts at the back of the book to clarify some of the inaccuracies depicted in the paintings. For example, "the Pilgrims did not wear somber clothing all the time, the furnishings were from a later date, etc." but this information could be easily overlooked by a reader. The writing style is not inviting for independent readers because it reads too much like a text book. I felt like I was reading an assigned report on the Plymouth colony. (The book could be used to show students how artists can manipulate their subjects in order to present a certain view - cheerful and uplifting. To be fair, Wyeth's clients could have requested specific details in his paintings.)
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LibraryThing member sstelz2
In my opinion, “N.C. Wyeth’s Pilgrims” is an exceptional informational book for older children. It is engaging, organized, and accurate. It tells the true story of how the Mayflower ship set sail from Plymouth, England on September 6, 1620, to go to America. The adventurers (Pilgrims) did not
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know that there were other people already living there called Indians (Native Americans). The book is very appealing because of its writing, characters, and illustrations. The writing is very organized and displays large, spaced text. The beautifully painted illustrations attract children to keep reading about the historical adventure. The illustrations depict the Pilgrim’s journey to America and the relationship that forms between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans. The characters are believable and well-developed. The book describes specific people from this historical period in time. For example, Myles Standish is accurately depicted as a “professional soldier hired as the commander of the Separatists militia.” He is mentioned throughout the book, and he is portrayed as the Captain of the Pilgrims. John Carver (Governor), Squanto (Indian), and Samoset (Indian) are also mentioned and described. The big idea is to teach children about the real story of how the Pilgrims came to America. The big idea is also to teach students that the Native Americans and Pilgrims lived in peace for many years. This was “until the growth of the colonies created tension between the two groups.”
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