Thursday, October 09, 2014
Review: A Little Maid of Provincetown
As many of you may know, I have a great affection for the American Revolutionary period and am concerned about how little is taught about it in schools, with the result that few of our citizens know anything about it today. The following is Becky’s review of a children’s book that would make a great resource for teaching younger readers about this crucial period in our history. Happily, Alice Turner Curtis has written a whole series of delightful Little Maid books to start children on a lifetime of loving history. If you have children or grandchildren, you may want to make a gift to your little one this Christmas! ~Joan
By Alice Turner Curtis
Applewood Books, April 1997
About the Book
During the Revolutionary War, eight-year-old Anne Nelson, living in Provincetown on Cape Cod, helps the patriots’ cause by carrying an important message from Boston to Newburyport.
A Little Maid of Provincetown is a delightful little children’s book set around the times of the American Revolution. After her father leaves her, Anne Nelson seeks shelter with the Stoddards, a happy but childless family. She soon adjusts to her new life, though she is unhappy that some of the other children in Provincetown tease her.
There are children who say that her father, John Nelson, is a spy and a traitor. There are children who call Anne a beggar child. But with the assurance of her new family, Enos and Martha Stoddard, she is secure and happy enough. Not that she believes the reports about her father. Not that she stops wanting him to come back to her. But she begins to be content with her new life, to like spending time with Brownie, the cow, and Martha, her wooden doll.
She even makes friends with two of the children who teased her, Amanda and Amos Carey. But there are things happening around her that warn of danger: the British soldiers on their ships, and so on. Anne knows that war could come sooner or later.
A Little Maid of Provincetown is a book with plenty of adventures. And some of the adventures involve more than hunting a missing cow. Anne is a spunky heroine who can get into mischief if not closely watched. She’s brave and resourceful as well. I liked this story.
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