Our Strange New Land, Elizabeth's Diary, 1609 (My America)

by Patricia Hermes

Hardcover, 2000


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J DA 1609 VA



Scholastic Inc. (2000), Edition: 1st, 112 pages


Nine-year-old Elizabeth keeps a journal of her experiences in the New World as she encounters Indians, suffers hunger and the death of friends, and helps her father build their first home.

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LibraryThing member kerriwilliams
Story used diary to build excitement and keep reader interested in finding out what happens next. Great way to engage students. I would encourgage students to keep thier own diary for a month or on a family vacation.
LibraryThing member wichitafriendsschool
Award-winning author Pat Hermes tells the story of Elizabeth Barker, whose family sails from Plymouth, England, to Jamestown, Virginia, in 1609. This book helps to relaunch the My America series.In May 1607, 3 ships sailed up the James River in Virginia. In the riverbank marshes, they made land and
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hung the flag--England's flag--establishing the first permanent English colony in Jamestown, Virginia. In 1609, the first ship carrying women and children arrived.After 71 days at sea, nine-year-old Elizabeth Barker is thrilled to be on dry land. Lizzie keeps a journal for Caleb, her twin brother who stayed in England because of his weak lungs. In her buoyant entries,Lizzie tells of the abundant forests, trading with and learning from the Indians, and adventures with her new friends.
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112 p.; 7.75 inches





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