Written by Carol Antoinette Peacock
Illustrated by Doris Ettlinger
“A cat just jumped on our boat, Father!” Faith Barrett exclaimed as she waited with her family and the other passengers to sail.
“Every ship needs a few good mousers!” said her father.
Pilgrim Cat is a delightful story of the Pilgrims’ voyage to the New World from the perspective of young Faith Barrett and her new friend, Pounce, a stray cat. In an appropriate style for young children, it tells of the hardships they faced – seasickness, harsh winter, and fevers which ravished the passengers.
Spring comes and with it Squanto, who shows the Pilgrims how to plant and grow food in this new land. Through each new challenge and adventure, Pounce is Faith’s loyal companion but one day near the harvest, he disappears. Faith is sorely disappointed! What has happened to Pounce? Will he return?
Children love Pilgrim Cat because of its descriptive storytelling and the playful interaction between Faith and Pounce. Parents and educators love it because it is a faithful re-telling of actual events of the Pilgrims’ voyage and settling in Plymouth. Farming details down to the actual vegetables and foods that were grown are shared. It is a wonderful introduction to the actual day-to-day events of life in 1620. It presents the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians as friends and grateful neighbors at their harvest celebration. Pilgrim Cat is a great story for introducing, even the youngest readers, to the real story of America’s Thanksgiving holiday.
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