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Season of Promise (Elizabeth's Jamestown Colony Diary #3)

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In her third and final journal, Elizabeth and her brother, now reunited, grieve the death of their mother, while dramatic changes take place in Jamestown, under the strict leadership of Lord Delaware.

Elizabeth, who is finally reunited with her twin brother Caleb, continues to grieve for the death of her mother in this third and final volume of her diary. And things don't g
Paperback, 128 pages
Published November 1st 2002 by Scholastic, Inc.
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Ten-year-old Elizabeth Barker has been learning to live without her mother, who died during a terrible time of disease and starvation in Jamestown Colony. But now, in the summer of 1610, things are beginning to improve. Elizabeth's twin brother, Caleb, has finally arrived in Jamestown to rejoin the family. But Elizabeth worries that her father wishes to remarry, and that he will choose sour Mistress Whistler. Elizabeth is grateful to Mistress Whistler for nursing her baby sister, Abigail, after ...more
These books are very good at weaving in little details of life in early Jamestown in a way that kids remember them. I quizzed my 7yo son on events, people and facts from this book and he got every one of them. The short diary entries are great "bite-sized" sections that make it easy for children (and adults, for that matter) to follow what's happening and give the reader natural stopping points.

This third book doesn't have the trauma of the "Starving Time" - much of the conflict is interpersonal
May 17, 2013 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: older children and parents reading with them
Our oldest has been studying about Jamestown a lot this year and she came upon this series of three
diaries by a character named Elizabeth.

She borrowed all three books from her elementary school library, but gave me the third one first (I have no idea why.) I read more than half of the book aloud to our girls, but our youngest tired of the format. I think this is better as an independent read anyway. So I read this one, followed by book #2, The Starving Time. And I think she will bring home boo
A lot better then the second book! A happy ending.
This entire series is a wonderful way to learn history or teach it to adolescents. I find today's generations seem to recall more when they learn through other people (pop songs, celebrity gossip, etc.), so what better way to teach history than through someone else's perspective? Yes, "authentic" diaries would be "better", but would the language really hold the modern student's attention? Did the diary writer know what WOULD be important in the context of history? Probably not.
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There are reasons to grieve and to rejoice during the summer of 1610. Elizabeth rejoices as her twin brother, Caleb, steps off the ship from England. When Caleb learns that their mother died during last winter's sickness, he and Elizabeth shed tears for her loss. But, they soon learn that despite the continued hardships, they can be happy and feel hope for the future.
Like the Joshua books, there's a lot of senseless death of innocents, which is both historically accurate and rough for a little kid to read. That said, I think this exposes an interesting window into earlier colonial life.
This is the last book of the Elizabeth diaries and i think was my favorite because in the end they are happy, but in a different way from the happiness in the first book.
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