On the Mayflower

by Kate Waters

Paperback, 1996



Local notes

974.4 Wa




Scholastic Incorporated (1996), 32 pages. $5.99. Purchased 2008.


A twelve-year-old apprentice and a seven-year-old passenger experience the first voyage of the Mayflower.


Physical description

32 p.; 9.8 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member KeriMullins
On the Mayflower is about a boy who is an apprentice and a girl who are both on the Mayflower headed for North America. They become good friends. While they are on their voyage, a huge storm comes. The apprentice describes the chores he had to do and the girl tells of the hardships below deck.

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enjoyed this book because it tells of how hard the voyage was for those coming to North America. I really liked the pictures in this book. They are actual photographs that looked just liked it would have back then on the Mayflower.

You could read this book around thanksgiving to your class and then talk about the Pilgrams and why they came over to North America. You can talk about how Thanksgiving was started.
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LibraryThing member Jennah2010
This is a historical fiction book all about the crossing of the pilgrims on the Mayflower. This book tells the story of two children who made the crossing without their families. I really like this book because it uses real photographs, not taken from the actual Mayflower but rather from the
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replica, the Mayflower II. I think this book would be great for upper elementary students because the text is longer and with this age there is more conversation that can take place.
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LibraryThing member meblack19
This is the story of the Mayflower’s journey to the New World through two children, William Small and Ellen Moore. Small is an apprentice to the ship’s master and Moore is an eight year old passenger. Small’s story includes all the intricacies of sailing and navigation techniques of the time.
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The pictures came from photographs of the Mayflower II and are very well-done. There’s so much detail in the story that you don’t get from normal text, such as the ship’s ropes being sticky from tar. It was really interesting to see in such detail how sailing and navigation was done. The author was very meticulous in her research (as a reader, you can tell), and she makes sure everything is referenced, fact and fiction is distinguished, and even includes a glossary and diagram of the Mayflower. I think that students would gain not just another perspective from this book or more knowledge, but enjoyment as well. The text may be a little juvenile for high schoolers, but the picture quality more than makes up for it, I think.
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LibraryThing member kprinc3
On the Mayflower provides a great informational account of what it was really like to be a crew member and a passenger on the voyage to America. This book was full of historical information, but the story was made up. I really liked that the story focused on two young people on board the mayflower
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because it will be easier for students to think about the journey from England to America if they are reading about it in a similar point of view as their own. I also enjoyed that the pictures in the book were photographs of children and adults who volunteer at the Plymouth plantation in Massachusetts. All involved dressed in period clothing and posed onboard the Mayflower II, which is a recreation of what historians believed the real mayflower looked like. I also liked that after the story, there is a description of the characters in the story based on the real people that inspired the characters. There were also a labeled diagram of the Mayflower and a glossary of period terms used in the story.
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LibraryThing member steffsweet
This book gives the fictional, but accurately detailed of a young girl's journey to America on the Mayflower.




½ (14 ratings; 3.9)
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