Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Pilgrim Girl's Life

As Thanksgiving approaches, I am reminded of one of my favorite historical books for kids - Sarah Morton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl by Kate Waters.

We see 9 year-old Sarah Morton as she works and plays in an English settlement in Massachusetts during the year 1627.

She must build the fire, cook breakfast, and feed the animals. But she also has time to play with her best friend. We also get to see all the layers of clothes she has to wear.

The coolest part about this book is that there are PHOTOS!

No, there weren't cameras in 1627. The photos were taken at Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts. At Plimoth Plantation, museum workers dress up in period costumes and go about their day just like the real pilgrims.

Here's some seventeenth-century New England words and their translations:

Bedding - Mattress stuffed with straw
Cockerel - Rooster
Good day - Hello
Hasty pudding - Oatmeal or cornmeal cereal
Oh, marry! - Oh, no! or Oh, gosh!
Overgarments - Clothes
Poppet - Doll
Thee - You
Waistcoat - Vest or jacket

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