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5 Stars Out Of 5
Daughter is Pleased!
June 20, 2013
I'm not certain about the "repackaging" of stories as stated by a previous reviewer, and may want to research that a bit. In spite of the possible repackaging, my daughter says that the stories in this book, as well as the others in this series, captures her attention through suspense. That's a plus for me in that she also gains a sense of history.
When asked about if the book handles in a bulky manner (due to 4 stories in 1 book), my daughter says it doesn't bother her in the least.
I was very disappointed with this book because my daughter ended up already having two of the stories under different titles in another series by Barbour. So a word of warning to the purchaser: in this book, the first story "Sarah's New World" was printed previously as "The Mayflower Adventure" in the Barbour series, "The American Adventure." The 2nd story, "Rebekah In Danger" though it starts out differently, it quickly becomes verbatim the story "Plymouth Pioneers" from the already mentioned older series. We do not have all of the books of the older series, "The American Adventure," so we cannot compare the other two stories...I suspect they also may be retitled, repackaged stories. This was a disappointing gift for my daughter as she did not get 4 new stories.
Book #1 Sarah's new world: This book focuses on the voyage of the Mayflower. It made me realize how hard it really was to be on that long trip to freedom. Terrible food, scant living quarters, and not even any way to keep clean. Another thing that is strongly portrayed in this book is that, many of the pilgrims had an undying faith in God, and trusted him completely to deliver them safely to the "New World", and to keep them safe after they arrived there.
Books #2 Rebekah in Danger: Rebekah and her family are trying to survive the first Winter in New Plymouth colony. So many people have died or lay sick, and Rebekah Cunningham and her family live in fear that one of them will be next. Just from these two Sisters in Time books, Sarah's New World, and Rebekah in Danger, I have learned an abundance of history, from The Mayflower and the Speedwell, to Squanto and Samoset!
Book #3 Maggie's Dare: I was slightly disappointed in Maggie's Dare when I first started reading it, but now that I am finished, it has become my favorite Sisters in Time book of all the three I've read. Practically all of the main problems that I was worried about were solved, and also, new friends were made. Not only was this an engaging story, it also taught me some new history as well, from the fashion trends of the early 1740's to the horrible reality of the slave trade. In the beginning, Maggie is very influenced by her friends, which, often times, is not a good thing. However, towards the end Maggie starts to realize that what they say is not always right, and begins to stand up for what she believes is just. One of the best things about this book is that Maggie also learns to trust and depend on God rather that always trying to handle things on her own.
Book #4 Lizzie and the Redcoat: This book has taught me a lot about American history, and also about what it might have been like growing up during this time period, but I strongly feel that this book could have been a little brighter. After all, it is a children's story! Most of the time during this book, everyone is worried or afraid. And although Lizzie feels compelled to help a poor British soldier by giving him a decent meal, she never does, and receives word later on that the soldier has died. One of the more positive points of the story is that, later on in the book, Lizzie's faith in God strengthens, and she also seems to learn to let go of her worries, and simply trust God.
Overall, this beautiful collection of children's books is an excellent read!
***Note*** I would like to thank Barbour Publishing for sending me this book, free of charge, for review purposes. Thank you!!
1) Sarah's New World by Colleen L Reece is a story about John and Sarah Smythe and their voyage to America on-board the Mayflower. In search of a country that will allow them to worship freely the Smythe family leaves Holland and faces the dangers of a sea voyage. After 2 months of struggle and hardship the Mayflower reaches the New World and begins the Plymouth colony.
2) Rebekah in Danger by Colleen L Reece begins in late 1620 and is the story of Rebekah and Will Cunningham and the settling of New Plymouth. After the dangers and trials of a sea voyage new troubles await the Pilgrims. Who will survive till the spring? But help comes from an unexpected source - Indians. Through it all Rebekah and Will grow in wisdom and understanding.
3) Maggie's Dare by Norma Jean Lutz takes place during the height of America's Great Awakening period (1744 -1745) and is Maggie and Evan Baldwin's story. In the changing Boston society Maggie is caught up in her confusion of where she belongs and her feelings about slavery and the Revivalists. But when she meets Jonathan Edwards she sees herself as she really is and Boston society loses it charm while Boston's poor and needy call to her heart.
4) Lizzie and the Redcoat by Susan Martins Miller takes place around 1765 and is Lizzie and Joshua Murray's story. Boston is in a time of upheaval and anger at the King over the Stamp Act is causing Boston's citizens to take up arms and anyone sympathizing with the British soldiers in America was in danger. Amid the turmoil that is Boston Lizzie must decide where she stands.
At the end of the book there is Bonus Educational Material. For each story there are vocabulary words, important people and places and a timeline to put the story into perspective of the world at that time. This would be an excellent book for homeschoolers or study groups.
Twelve year old John Smythe is ready for his Adventure. They are going to leave Holland and go to the New World, America. We follow the adventures of John and his sister Sarah as they are one ship that proves not seaworthy so they move unto the Mayflower. Between storms, food shortages and sea sickness they persevere.
Their parents had left England twelve years prior when they could not worship as they wished. Once again they fear events that could change how they would be allowed to worship and that is what sends them on their voyage.
Rebekah Cunningham is eleven and coming to the New World aboard the Mayflower. Her parents had come from England to Holland but as Separatist's they feared their children were becoming to much like the Dutch.
These children seen much sorrow on the ship and in the new land. The faced the cold of winter, fires, sickness and death. Even children had to work hard and do their part to build the new community, which also bonded the people together.
Maggie Baldwin has just turned thirteen. It is the 1740. Maggie's father is a doctor and they had been left a nice home by her grandfather. Her new friends are upper class and Maggie is unsure how she feels about the slaves her friends own. They are also very much against the Revivalists who listen to such preachers as Jonathan Edwards. Maggie and her friends have been baptized and go to church- that makes them Christians, right? This story clearly shows how we can end up following our peers instead of our conscience.
Lizzie Murray lives in Boston, she is almost twelve. This takes place about 12 years before the Revolutionary War, around 1765. Neighbors and even family members takes sides for or against the crown. When a British soldier is injured Lizzie sees how ill fed he is and how worn his clothing. She can compare him to her brother Joshua who is just a few years younger. Her heart goes out to his parents across the ocean. People either see people or they don't see past their hatred of a red coat. These children had to grow up quickly in some cases. The happenings around them were so strong they could not ignore them. Young boys quickly became men. And choices were not always easy.