We have just finished reading Almost Home A Story Based on the Life of the Mayflower's Mary Chilton by Wendy Lawton. We thoroughly enjoyed this book...and really feel it is a great book to read anytime, but especially when studying the time period in the 1600's when the pilgrims came to America. In our home, we feel history is much more exciting, and really comes alive through "living books", as Charlotte Mason would call them.
Granted, my girls at 13 and 14, are well old enough to read on their own, which they do every day. But we still really enjoying snuggling up on the couch, especially when cooler weather sets in.....and enjoying a GREAT story together. Of course, the little ones listen as well, and even though it is way above their age range, we will hear them mention things from the story, or talk about "Mary" through their day. They learn so very much by just hearing about what I am saying with the older girls.
The story takes you from Mary's hometown, and a little bit about what their life is like there, to the journey on the Mayflower, and finally you settle with them in America. It is also following Mary's spiritual journey. She never is fully "home", until she is trusting fully in the Lord, and His plans for her life. That is what the "home" in this story really is about. It is as much a physical journey for Mary as it is a spiritual one. This story spurs on good conversations about how unbelievable to us as Americans their arduous journey was, how SPOILED we are, the pilgrims strength, courage, and faith, and it helped us to examine our own faith as well. Are we fully trusting in God with our life?
We hope you can enjoy this wonderfully written book,
Happy cuddling and reading!