History Smashers: The Mayflower

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History Smashers: The Mayflower
Author: Messner, Kate
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Time Period: Enlightenment
Time Frame: 1620
Geographic Area: North America
Country: United States
Topics: Colonial America, Mayflower
Genre: Non Fiction
Reading Age: Middle Grade, Upper Middle Grade
Format: Book
Published: 2020

Enlightenment > American History > Colonial America

Myths! Lies! Secrets! Smash the stories behind famous moments in history and expose the hidden truth. Perfect for fans of I Survived and Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales.

In 1620, the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock and made friends with Wampanoag people who gave them corn. RIGHT?

WRONG! It was months before the Pilgrims met any Wampanoag people, and nobody gave anybody corn that day.

Did you know that the pilgrims didn't go straight from England to Plymouth? No, they made a stop along the way--and almost stayed forever! Did you know there was a second ship, called the Speedwell, that was too leaky to make the trip? No joke. And just wait until you learn the truth about Plymouth Rock.

Through illustrations, graphic panels, photographs, sidebars, and more, acclaimed author Kate Messner smashes history by exploring the little-known details behind the legends of the Mayflower and the first Thanksgiving.

"Kate Messner serves up fun, fast history for kids who want the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Absolutely smashing!" --Candace Fleming, award-winning author

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Emily's Review

I am a big fan of the History Smashers series, and this is a great and much-needed entry! This book does an excellent job of busting the myths that are frequently taught. It gives a balanced and honest version of the story, both as to why the Separatists (not Pilgrims - they would never have called themselves that) were in America, and how the Wampanoag's way of life was forever changed because of it. If you want to teach your children the real history of the Thanksgiving holiday, I highly recommend checking this out! Perfect for ages 8+

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