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The Witch of Blackbird Pond (original 1958; edition 1978)

by Elizabeth Speare

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Title:The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Authors:Elizabeth Speare
Info:Laurel Leaf Library/ Dell Publishing Co Inc (1978), Paperback
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The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (1958)


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Kit, is a sixteen year old who has to defend her life because she was accused of witchcraft. Those in her community thought she was strange because of her different beliefs. She is forced to go live with her stern Puritan relatives in Connecticut. This book describes the 17th century daily life of a Puritan colony.

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A good read. It gave me a glimpse of what life was like over 300 years ago for Puritans. There are many details describing life in a New England Puritan colony.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. Students will take turns reading aloud.
2. Create a character for your own colony. Include the name, government structure, and guidlines the colony has to live by.
  MissSuzieQ | Mar 25, 2014 |
I loved it as a child and I really loved this the second time around as an adult. I was surprised to find that the character that was Kit's mentor was a Quaker. I became a Quaker as an adult and am constantly surprised by the number of books that I loved in my childhood that had endearing Quaker characters. Characters that I wanted to emulate. Wonderfully researched look into life in colonial America. Good adventure and all of the romance turns out well. I read this for my book group and we had a wonderful discussion. It was a delightful evening. ( )
  njcur | Feb 19, 2014 |
One of my all time childhood favorites! ( )
  flightsafancy | Feb 2, 2014 |
A story of a young girl and the strange beliefs of her new community. ( )
  makasireh | Nov 26, 2013 |
The Witch of Black Bird Pond is about an adolescent girl, Kit who comes from the West Indies to live in a puritan colony in Connecticut. She feels very out of place, as her customs and values do not fit their culture. She meets a fellow out-cast, a Quaker woman named Hannah. In their epic wisdom, the puritans forget that they struggled with religious freedom under the English church and decide to perpetrate the very crimes they were faced with before they came to the new world on Hannah because she is a woman alone and a Quaker. They decide to label her as a Witch. Rather silly if you notice that the Quakers grew out of the same antibaptist religious roots as the puritans. Back in old England they were both heretics, and on the same side, so why is the more powerful branch turning on the weaker one? ( )
  Fleurf | Nov 10, 2013 |
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Hurt, Mary BethNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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On a morning in mid-April, 1687, the brigantine Dolphin left the open sea, sailed briskly across the Sound to the wide mouth of the Connecticut River and into Saybrook harbor.
"Still dazed, Hannah accepted the miracle and the prospect of a journey like a docile child. Then after two shaky steps she turned obstinate. She would not set foot in the boat without her cat."
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Forced to leave her sunny Caribbean home for the bleak Connecticut Colony, Kit Tyler is filled with trepidation. As they sail up the river to Kit's new home, the teasing and moodiness of a young sailor named Nat doesn't help. Still, her unsinkable spirit soon bobs back up. What this spirited teenager doesn't count on, however, is how her aunt and uncle's stern Puritan community will view her. In the colonies of 1687, a girl who swims, wears silk and satin gowns, and talks back to her elders is not only headstrong, she is in grave danger of being regarded as a witch. When Kit befriends an old Quaker woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond, it is more than the ascetics can take: soon Kit is defending her life. Who can she count on as she confronts these angry and suspicious townspeople?

A thoroughly exciting and rewarding Newbery Medal winner and ALA Notable Children's Book, Elizabeth George Speare's The Witch of Blackbird Pond brings this frightening period of witch hysteria to life. Readers will wonder at the power of the mob mentality, and the need for communities in desperate times--even current times--to find a scapegoat. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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In 1687, Kit Tyler moves from the Caribbean to Connecticut Colony. Her friendship for a strange, old woman leads to her trial for witchcraft.

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