Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Non-Fiction
James Towne

James Towne

Fall 2001 Non-Fiction
Ages: 6 - 10 yrs.
By: Marcia Sewall
ISBN: 0689818149
Hardcover Price: $16.00
It's not easy to bring history to life for young readers, but both in words and wondrously detailed watercolor paintings, the versatile author/illustrator Marcia Sewall does just that. She makes the settling of James Towne in 1607 an exciting and danger-filled adventure in which the reader takes part. Sewall deftly uses as narrator a young carpenter, but she adds bits and pieces of contemporary documents -- quotes from Instructions for Government, 1606, and snippets of journal entries and letters from actual passengers on the early ships. It is a fit companion to her earlier Pilgrims of Plimoth. (The James Towne venture was a commercial one; its London financiers hoped that gold and other New World riches would be found.) It's an admirable and compelling non-fiction picture book.
Selma G. Lanes   ©2001 Parents' Choice

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