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A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple, Mayflower, 1620

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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  7,990 ratings  ·  262 reviews
From the diary of twelve-year-old Mem, short for Remember, comes the story of her family's trip on the Mayflower in 1620 and their first year in the New World.
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Published April 1st 2008 by Live Oak Media (NY) (first published 1996)
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Zoe Chun In this book, not much changes. Many pages focus on small things that do not get mentioned later on. The main character complains a lot about her surr…moreIn this book, not much changes. Many pages focus on small things that do not get mentioned later on. The main character complains a lot about her surroundings and her fellow pilgrims. 5th graders may find it uninteresting to read about a girl who has a very steady life.(less)
Cyrus Aleman You don't have to read them in order. This is probably the earliest one(but I'm not sure). You can read them in any order you want. :)
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Regina Mary
I liked this book. It was pretty okay, but there was just some flaws in the plot line that I found. So, here are the following things which is what I consider plot holes.
1. Wording: A young girl like Mem wouldn't write words like didn't, wasn't, and can't. It's 1620, they didn't start using those words regularly until the early twentieth century, almost three hundred years AFTER the Mayflower landed in Plymouth. And because she's from holland, there should be more Dutch dialogue in her diary.
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Jerry
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad this book includes the religious reasons behind the founding of the Plymouth colony, and presents the Christian faith in a positive light.

However, too much wasted space, excessive repetition, and journal entries that really didn't say anything messed this up for me. I've read better entries in this series than this mess.
Ana Mardoll
Mar 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ana-reviewed
Journey to the New World (Mayflower) / 0-590-50214-X

Like so many of the Dear America series, this book has wonderful history; the journey across the sea is so real, you can almost feel the narrator's sea sickness. The arrival in the New World is presented realistically: full of hope, joy, and gratitude for the safe arrival, and yet with hunger, fear, and dread quickly setting in. Will they be able to build homes in time for the winter? Will they be able to find, grow, and hunt enough food to kee
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

After more than two months and over 2,900 miles, Remember Whipple and her family arrive in the New World with the rest of the passengers and crew aboard the famed Mayflower. The Whipple family is part of a religious group known as the Saints that left Holland to find religious freedom in this far away place.

The Mayflower first came ashore off Cape Cod. Women and children were left on the ship while the men explored. It was determine
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Brooke
I learned to read when I was very young. I came to kindergarten reading well enough that I was in a top group by myself. By second grade I was at and eighth-grade level. And I loved to read. By second grade I wanted to read instead of play during recess (though no teacher would let me until third grade). I would go to the library nearly every day and get a new Dear America book and return the one I had read the day before. I was much too young to understand a lot of what was happening, and I pro ...more
Kathy
Mar 14, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I teach social studies and try to provide historically accurate information for my students. Even though this is a historical fiction, I would not use this to accompany the Founding of America unit. There are several mistakes throughout the book. The writing style and the grammar does not match the time period, "Oh dear, I'm feeling pukish... I must lay my pen down before I puke all over you". Some historical accounts were not accurate... "There are no buildings or streets and the only people ar ...more
Megan
Aug 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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Tarissa
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This fictional diary tells the story of a girl named "Remember Patience Whipple" (known as "Mem"). Her family is traveling on the Mayflower to the New World in 1620. It's quite a voyage lasting for weeks--Once they arrive on the land, they are overwhelmed with questions. They discover that their voyage was only the beginning of the journey. The Pilgrims will have to learn how to live a totally new life like they've never lived before in Europe.

Through the whole book, you can see this historical
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Vanessa
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super nostalgic to go back and read a Dear America book, since these WERE my childhood haha.
Emily
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the review from my third time reading this book. I got it from the library because it’s November and I’m sharing facts about the pilgrims every few days on social media. Along with a non fiction, I’m comparing facts. What I found interesting about this book is how the author wine a fictional character into a story containing real events. Mem may not have been a real person, but there was a girl on the boat named Remember and I believe she was the daughter of the real man who went on to m ...more
Katieb (MundieMoms)
Kathryn Lasky captured the rich history from the 1600's and the treacherous journey from England to America on the Mayflower brilliantly. She wrote Remember Patience Whipple, or Mem for short, story so vividly that I was able to grasp more of what it was like growing up during this time. She detailed the events on the Mayflower, to landing at Plymouth rock, to what is like to settle the land that first year, to their clothing, crops, what they ate and what the land was like. I felt like I was pa ...more
Rebecca
Apr 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Remember Patience Whipple, called Mem by her family, is twelve years old in 1620, when her family and other pilgrims in search of religious freedom set sail for the New World on the Mayflower. Mem is a bit frightened at the prospect of living in this wild new land, having heard tales of strange and frightening native people who attack the settlers. The sea voyage is long and tedious, full of seasickness, daily boredom, and teasing from the mean Billington boys.

When the pilgrims arrive in the new
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Carolynne
Kathryn Lasky's books are always high quality (I've also read _Dear America Dreams In the Golden Country The Diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish Immigrant Girl_, another entry in the Dear America series)and this book is no exception. She takes her protagonist, named Remember Patience Whipple (thankfully nicknamed Mem, though I think I'd have chosen Pat) from a harrowing voyage on the Mayflower to the so-called first Thanksgiving (possibly first for the Europeans, but surely not for the Wampanoag ...more
Jessica
Dec 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is told from the perspective of a young 13-year-old girl, Remember Patience Whipple. Remember recounts her memories and experiences of her journey of immigrating from England to the New World. I like that this book was in a diary entry format, because the dates made it easy to follow the time frame in which the events took place. This story explains the reasons why the pilgrims wanted to immigrate to a new land in the first place, and describes in detail the hardships the pilgrims fac ...more
The other John
This is the first book of the Dear America series that I have read. My elder daughter has loved the series for years, but apart from peeking at some of the historical information in the back of the book, I've never read one. Until now, of course. My younger daughter is learning about the Pilgrims, so as a dutiful teacher, I feel obliged to read the same books she has to read. This one's the diary of a Puritan lass named Remember Patience Whipple. She's sailing aboard the Mayflower with her paren ...more
Courtney
While not my favorite of the Dear America series, I really enjoyed this one. Mem is a likable girl and her voice sounded very believable for a twelve year old girl. I love that Dear America chose to have one of their books feature a pilgrim girl because the pilgrims' journey on the Mayflower is an essential part of American history despite the fact that it happened some 150 years before America was founded.

The best part of this book of this book is the beginning when Mem and her family are still
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Kyra
May 09, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The diary of Remember Patience Whipple is about when the pilgrim (Like Remember) sail on the Mayflower back in 1620. I had pretty high expectations for this book, and this book didn't meet to those expectations. I loved how in the epilogue, all the characters and Remembers diary really tie together. But for my honest opinion, I wouldn't recommend this book if you wanted to learn more about the pilgrims. Whatever happened to Thanksgiving? How the Indians helped the pilgrims? I was so confused and ...more
Nielson
Nov 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A part of the Dear America series, this particular book focuses on the the journey from Europe to the New World on the Mayflower. It also focuses on what early life was like for the pilgrims. These books are a wonderful way for students to learn more about these specific times in American history. The writers' stories make past events come alive for the readers and help instill a greater appreciation for our predecessors. Also included at the back of each book is a historical note about the time ...more
Megan O'Neill
There are some books that just stick with you, even years after you first read them. As an elementary-schooler, I couldn't get enough of the Dear America series - and I will always maintain that everything I ever learned about American History was thanks to these books, not my social studies classes. A Journey to the New World was the first one I read, and the one responsible for sparking my love of the series.

The beautiful thing about these books - and this one in particular - is that the voic
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Liz
Nov 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Dear America series is a great way to introduce tweens to American history by telling about famous points in history by way of a young girls' diaries. This entry is one of the earlier ones.

Remember Patience Whipple (Mem) is a child, one of the 102 Pilgrims on board the Mayflower heading to America. It begins on the Mayflower and ends several months after they've landed.

This isn't an indepth exploration of the Pilgrims via fiction. Everything is told through Mem's eyes which don't see everyth
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Robin (Saturndoo)
Wow!!! This series of books are really quick and easy to read but yet are very good stories. I did find a few things in the plot line that didn't seem quite right BUT the characters and story was still really good. Lots of info on historical events as well as some things these settlers dealt with such as starvation,death,and conflict. I am really enjoying these books and highly recommend them. Now I am off to read the next one :)
Audrey Henning
I absolutely loved this book!

It's more geared toward younger teenagers and I'm almost 23, but it was very descriptive and took you right back to that time period! I read this during my lunch hour at work one day and even though the break room was super noisy at work, I was still completely sucked into this book.

It reads very quick, so it's a great book to read if you'd like to know what it was like sailing on the Mayflower and settling at Plymouth Rock.
Kelsey Hanson
This book was good but definitely had some sad parts. It doesn't shy away from the hardships, sickness and death that the pilgrims faced. I do admire that both the Dear America series and My Name is America books covering this topic have included the names of actual pilgrims who traveled on the Mayflower including Will Butten, Miles Standish, Priscilla Mullin and John Alden.
Bunbun
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Read for museum research project.

It was pretty hard for me to get through. I think it's because I am 24 and this is written for middle-grade. However, I've had to read some middle-grade in college when I had been (stupidly) pursuing early childhood education (phew, I lucked out of that nightmare just in time), and some of the books we were assigned were written so well that you didn't notice the youthfulness of the book too much. It wasn't a grueling process to finish, unlike this book (which h
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Ashton Noel
It's really hard as an adult to give a rating to a book written for children. I love the Dear America series and I read this one in particular for Nostalgiathon where we read books from our childhood. This one in particular was hard to get through. The writing was very good, simple enough for the young age group it's written for yet not so simple that an adult can't enjoy as well. However the overlying themes of hardship and constant death the pilgrims faced was so sad to read. It did pick up to ...more
Ashley
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a read-aloud to my girls and it's a good one. Written in diary format from the perspective of a girl on the Mayflower as she travels across the ocean and attempts to settle in Plymouth, Mem's voice is consistent, believably youthful, and earnest in the best way. Lasky balances a respectful take on the pilgrims' religious views--the relationships among them are tender, deep--and Mem chaffing a bit at rules and restrictions. And yes, loads of people die, because--well, history--which migh ...more
Leigh
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not sure what to say.... this was my first Dear America book. These were popular when I was a kid and I always wanted to read one. However, this might not have been the best one to start off with. The story was slow and so sad which from a historic stand point is understandable but my goodness.
Amanda Lasen
A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple (Mayflower, 1620) is the story of a young pilgrim girl making her way across the Atlantic Ocean to the New World with her family. I thought this book would be really appropriate for my Thanksgiving edition of Throwback Thursday! I remember this series from when I was in elementary school, this book came out while I was in 4th grade just discovering Backstreet Boys, *NSync, and Spice Girls! I read a few of the books from the Dear ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Kathryn Lasky captured the rich history from the 1600's and the treacherous journey from England to America on the Mayflower brilliantly. She wrote Remember Patience Whipple, or Mem for short, story so vividly that I was able to grasp more of what it was like growing up during this time. She detailed the events on the Mayflower, to landing at Plymouth rock, to what is like to settle the land that first year, to their clothing, crops, what they ate and what the land was like. I felt like I was pa ...more
Alex Shrugged
"A Journey to a New World" is a children's book, sort of. It seemed a little weird to me and I almost dropped the rating by a star, but then I remembered the other books that the author had written... the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series like The Capture. I read several books of that series and realized that the writing style was at the same level and probably for the same audience. I felt better about it then.

The story is a series of diary entries of a young girl, a Puritan Separatist, on the Mayf
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She was born June 24, 1944, and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is married to Christopher Knight, with whom she lives in Massachusetts.

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