With dreams of a better life for themselves, Thomas, Edward, Mary Jane, and their parents say goodbye to the only home they have ever known. They leave crowded, dirty London behind for good when they board a ship that promises to take them across the wide Atlantic Ocean to the colonies. The long, treacherous journey is filled with uncertainty, and readers will cheer when t...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 10th 2001 by Putnam Juvenile
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We learned about the departure of the pilgrims and the voyage of the Mayflower in Tattered Sails by Verla Kay and Dan Andreasen. Although Kay never mentions either the Mayflower or the pilgrims by name, in her book, she depicts children in a crowded and dirty city, a crowded and dirty boat, and then the open expanse of land. I also liked the depiction of all the work the children had to do once they arrived in the new land. Kay writes in unpretentious rhyme that makes Tattered Sails a delight to...more
Tight rhyme, short verses. The text of this book is so polished, every brief word and phrase speaking volumes. A wonderful marriage of text and art. This would be a pleasurable read-aloud for slightly older children (ages 4+) and could be a great, accessible discussion starter for elementary school children who are learning American history.
Sep 26, 2012 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Short, precise and rhyming poems along with textured mixed-media illustrations combine to make a fun book that also provides a glimpse into the history of early America. The poems are repetitive and short enough to entertain younger children, but are informative, too. We really enjoyed reading this book together.