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Review: The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower

March 4, 2016

The Boy Who Fell off the Mayflower

John Howland came to America as an indentured servant on the Mayflower.  The crossing was rough and so were things when they landed in their new country.  They had no shelter or food and many of the passengers were ill.  Howland helped build houses and learned to plant crops.  After his master died, he remained in this country and made a life of his own.

The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower or John Howland’s Good Fortune by P. J. Lynch tells the story of  John Howland, one of the Mayflower‘s passengers.   This picture book is aimed at early readers but I learned a thing or two when I read it.  Lynch shows how harsh life was for the Pilgrims by focusing on one of them.  Howland’s story is interesting – he really did fall from the Mayflower – and young readers will relate to him.  Lynch’s fabulous illustrations enhance the story and bring it to life – I spent a lot of time studying them after I read each page.  If you want to spark an interest in history, grab this wonderful book!

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Candlewick Press. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
14 Comments leave one →
  1. March 4, 2016 11:41 am

    interesting! I love when I learn from a children’s book!

  2. March 4, 2016 4:47 pm

    Sounds very good.

  3. March 4, 2016 4:57 pm

    I could never have done it

  4. Patty permalink
    March 4, 2016 5:10 pm

    It just goes to show us that learning new stuff can happen anywhere!

  5. March 4, 2016 6:10 pm

    I could have written Vicki’s comment! Enjoy your weekend, Kathy!

  6. March 4, 2016 10:53 pm

    I have this but never was motivated to read it – maybe I should!

  7. Deepika Ramesh permalink
    March 5, 2016 3:01 am

    This is for children? Sounds amazing.

  8. March 5, 2016 10:30 am

    I seem to be buying a lot of kids books lately because they all sound so interesting, including this one! You know I love kids book that also teach us something!

  9. lisaalmedasumner permalink
    March 5, 2016 8:37 pm

    I’d love to read this. Nonfiction picture books are amazingly informational these days. I would use this in my high school classroom as an opener. We always read and discuss William Bradford’s “Of Plymouth Plantation” and this incident is mentioned.

  10. March 6, 2016 8:58 am

    That does sounds really interesting!

  11. March 6, 2016 3:38 pm

    This sounds like a must-read for my focus on middle grade historical novels!

  12. March 6, 2016 9:37 pm

    Looks like fun, And I’m sure I’d learn (more) than a thing or two 🙂

  13. bookingmama permalink
    March 7, 2016 7:44 am

    You just mentioned how much you like learning things from kids’ books. Sounds like this one is pretty good!

  14. March 8, 2016 10:40 am

    What an interesting book. this sounds fantastic.

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