Add your rating See all 27 kid reviews. In this gripping historical page-turner, sixteen-year-old Kit must defend her life when she is accused of witchcraft in Puritan New England. After she is forced to leave her luxurious home in Barbados to live with her stern and dour Puritan Connecticut relatives, she finds herself facing execution. Author Speare brings seventeenth-century America to vibrant life for today's children.
It opens when she is sailing into the mouth of the Connecticut River aboard the Dolphin in mid-Apriland it ends with her making plans to leave the colony in early May of the following year. The novel follows a chronological order and focuses on three general topics: She sails there from Barbados in the West Indies after the death of the beloved grandfather who had raised her.
However, she also does this because she is broke and alone and really has nowhere else to go. Kit is unimpressed by her first sight of the colony, and then, when a child drops a toy in the river, she jumps in the water to get it. She is surprised by the cold—and even more surprised to learn that swimming, common and accepted in the West Indies, is associated with witchcraft in her new home.
When Kit finally gets to Wethersfield, where Rachel and Matthew Wood live, sailors from the Dolphin carry her many trunks to the home and leave Kit to face her new family alone. The Woods are shocked to meet her, as Kit has not told them she is coming, but they eventually accept her into their home with various degrees of warmth.
The Wood family consists of Matthew, Rachel, and two daughters: Judith, pretty but somewhat judgmental; and Mercy, crippled but kind. The family quickly introduces Kit to a whirlwind of new experiences, all of which she bumbles.
Kit is clumsy at those that involve skill carding wool, making soap, etc.
As a result, Kit finds herself no more at ease in Wethersfield after several months. In fact, several things happen to make her feel even less at home.
In another development that seems positive at first, Kit is selected to help her cousin Mercy teach the younger children of the community during a brief summer school session.
The entire section is 1, words.The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Elizabeth George Speare Theme: Personal Choices Grades: Grades Summary: Speare's second novel, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, is a romantic, historical tale about a young girl's rebellion against bigotry and her Puritan surroundings.
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Author: Administrator Created Date: 1/7/ PM. Aug 20, · The Witch of Blackbird Pond is about a girl named Kit who comes to England from Barbardos an island, which her grandfather WAS king of. England has many changes Continue reading4/4. The Witch of Blackbird Pond provides readers with a realistic and vivid portrait of colonial New England and sketches the larger transatlantic issues that defined the colonies’ political landscape.