This book received two thumbs up from my 8 year old daughter who is a verifiable bookworm of the highest degree! She is constantly reading – if anyone knows a good book, it’s her!
According to my calculations, this book is about a 5th grade reading level (which coincides perfectly with the age level suggested on the back of the book). I used an About.com reference to figure out the reading level. (If you would like to find out the reading level of your child, go to this post.)
Here is the description from the back cover of the book …
“Finn & Ginny’s parents are lost back in time, and the two young twins have decided to go back to early America to find them. Their search takes the twins to the Mayflower where they discover that the Pilgrims had far more adventure than they ever realized.
This first book in the Our America series is designed to teach the real story of the Pilgrims in such a fun way that the reader won’t even realize that it’s educational. The Pilgrim Adventure is based on actual accounts written by the Pilgrims themselves, and kids who read the book will find that by the end of the story they may know more about the Pilgrim’s adventures than their parents do. Ages 10 & up.”
I think the plot of this series is so perfect for kids at this age! I don’t know many children that don’t dream about time travel! To combine that with weaving in this story of a brother and sister experiencing history together brings out that emotional tie that helps all of us to learn so much better and deeper than we normally would.
It’s also amazing to me just how much actual history Ms. Kilbride was able to run through this story. From beginning to end, we are being educated about the finer details of just exactly what those Pilgrims went through. This story certainly makes me reevaluate and appreciate the country I get to live in. She wasn’t kidding on that back cover description when she said that kids may end up knowing more than their parents after reading the book!
When I asked my daughter if she would tell other homeschoolers to get this book, she said, “Definitely yes!”
Remember to go over to FunTastic Unit Studies to download the free companion unit study to this book. I haven’t had the printer resources to be able to do that since receiving this book, but it looks wonderful.
There are seven activities in the unit study –
- Discover Your Family Tree (with a beautiful printable tree)
- Make a Pocket
- Sea Biscuits
- Make a Quadrant
- Play Quoits
- Play Hubbub
- Have a Pilgrim and Indian Meal
Such fun stuff for the kids! If you want to know what Quoits and Sea Biscuits have to do with our nation’s history, you are just going to have to get the book and read it for yourself!