Book Review: Sarah Morton’s Day

Rating: ★★★★☆

Here is another in Kate Waters’ historical-reenactment series. It follows the story of nine-year-old pilgrim Sarah Morton, based on a real girl at Plymouth Plantation who was nine in 1627.  The story is set at a beautifully restored historical site, and the protagonist tells her story using language of the time. It’s not a thrilling story, and some of the photography isn’t as good as it might be. Still, the protagonist has a simple charm about her, and it’s really fun to see photos of people acting out homelike scenes in their period dress. All the characters, while not chubby, have more flesh than you might expect from those who lived so near the Starving Time — but you can’t have everything. This book provides a visual experience of what a pilgrim’s daily life might have been like, and as part of a Thanksgiving observance it provides a bit of realism to go with the turkey and nostalgia.

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Publication Information: Waters, Kate. Sarah Morton's Day. Kendall, Russ (Photographer). Kate Waters Historical Reenactments; Scholastic. 2008. ISBN: 0439812208.
Categories: 4 Stars, Age 04-08
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Posted on November 14, 2014

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