The Witch Of Blackbird Pond

Summary:

When Kit's grandfather dies, she was shipped from Barbados to Connecticut, where she was forced to wear rigid clothing, and act like a "proper" girl. Because she could swim and befriended a Quaker, the people of Weathersfield suspected her of being a witch. It is up to Kit to clear her name and find happiness in her new home.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is a story with a happy ending, and it has a lesson, too: don't give up on your dreams and what you believe in.

Content Awareness Factors:

Some of the vocabulary was a bit confusing.


Young Reader Reaction

We selected this book because we were intrigued by the idea of witches. We liked the book because at the end of each chapter, the author left us with a cliff hanger. After the first chapter, we felt sad for Kit because her grandfather died and her parents were already dead. It got better because they had accused Kit of being a witch. We also liked the old-fashioned New England language. On the other hand, it was hard to relate to a girl who lived so long ago.

Type of Book:
This is a fictional novel set in US colonial times.
Educational Themes:

This is a work of historical fiction. There are elements of information that offer context to colonial America and the attitudes and perceptions of the colonists. You can draw out other topics that are relevant for today's world, too, including prejudice, judging others, perseverance, and integrity, among others.

Reading Level:
5.7
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 to 12
Age of child:
Read by three 11-year-old students at John Jay Middle School (Katonah, NY)
Purchase Recommendation:
We recommend borrowing this book and would recommend it to girls who likes historical fiction.

Title The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Author Elizabeth George Speare
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers © 2008
ISBN 9780547550299
Material Hard Cover
Cost $14.95
Genres Historical Fiction, History, Children's Classics
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