Item description for James Towne: Struggle for Survival by Marcia Sewall...
Overview The struggle for survival during the early years of the Jamestown colony of Virginia--from meeting their Native American neighbors to coping with the hardships of their new environment--is presented in a colorfully illustrated picture book.
Publishers Description This moving account of James Towne's difficult early years is told from the viewpoint of one of its settlers and enhanced by original quotations. During the first summer of 1607, half the James Towne colony died; food was scarce, and the settlers battled oppressive heat and sickness. Over the next few years, supply ships from England became the colony's lifeline, as they brought much-needed stores of food and carried back offerings from the new land, as well as the settlers' homesick letters. Conditions began to improve when Captain John Smith was elected president of the colony, and James Towne soon doubled in size. While some of the settlers had been reluctant to work, Smith required participation from all, and the colonists began to take pride in improving their conditions. Furthermore, by learning the native language and befriending a Native American girl named Pocahontas, Smith was able to establish, temporarily, an uneasy peace between the settlers and the natives whose land they had taken. As new settlers began to arrive from England though, the resources of the budding colony were strained, and in the autumn of 1609 the colony suffered a Starving Time. Deciding to abandon James Towne at last, the colonists headed back toward England, only to have their journey intercepted by a messenger, who informed the settlers that new leaders sent by the King were due to arrive in the flailing colony any day, and urged them to return. Not for long after their arrival, the discouraged James Towne colonists were met by a new governor and a ship full of healthy passengers with enough supplies and hope to work together to ensure James Towne's survival.
Awards and Recognitions James Towne: Struggle for Survival by Marcia Sewall has received the following awards and recognitions -
Citations And Professional Reviews James Towne: Struggle for Survival by Marcia Sewall has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 908
Kirkus Review - Children - 05/01/2001 page 666
Horn Book Magazine - 07/01/2001 page 477
Ingram Children's Advance - 05/01/2001 page 66
Booklist - 06/01/2001 page 1872
Publishers Weekly - 07/09/2001 page 70
School Library Journal - 06/01/2001 page 141
Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2001 page 438
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2002 page 61
Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2001 page 438
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 606
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.32" Width: 10.33" Height: 0.42" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2001
ISBN 0689818149 ISBN13 9780689818141
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More About Marcia Sewall
Marcia Sewall has lived in New England all of her life, presently in Boston, and feels a deep attachment to the region. She is a graduate of Brown University in Rhode Island and has also studied at various art schools in the area. Ms. Sewall's children's books have been among the New York Times best illustrated and ALA Notables and have been selected for exhibition by the American Institute of Graphic Arts and Bratislava International Biennale. She has taught art to students of all ages and at the present time she is teaching a course in children's book illustration.
Marcia Sewall currently resides in Dorchester, in the state of Massachusetts.