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The Witch of Blackbird Pond Orphaned Kit Tyler knows, as she gazes for the first time at the cold, bleak shores of Connecticut Colony, that her new home will never be like the shimmering Caribbean island she left behind In her relatives stern Puritan community, she feels like a tropical bird that has flown to the wrong part of the world, a bird that is now caged and lonely The only place where Kit feels completely free is in the meadows, where she enjoys the company of the old Quaker woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond, and on occasion, her young sailor friend Nat But when Kit s friendship with the witch is discovered, Kit is faced with suspicion, fear, and anger She herself is accused of witchcraft ✅ Book Lover PDF / Epub ⚣ Author Jennifer Kaufman – Kleankitchen.co.uk as she gazes for the first time at the cold [Ebook] ➧ Secret Delivery / Her 24-Hour Protector ➭ Delores Fossen – Kleankitchen.co.uk bleak shores of Connecticut Colony ❮PDF❯ ❤ Kholodovs Last Mistress Author Kate Hewitt – Kleankitchen.co.uk that her new home will never be like the shimmering Caribbean island she left behind In her relatives stern Puritan community [Télécharger] ➵ Wicked Sinner (Regency Sinners 7) Auteur Carole Mortimer – Kleankitchen.co.uk she feels like a tropical bird that has flown to the wrong part of the world ❰Epub❯ ➞ If the Stiletto Fits... Author Wendy Etherington – Kleankitchen.co.uk a bird that is now caged and lonely The only place where Kit feels completely free is in the meadows ❮Read❯ ➸ What Phoebe Wants (Harlequin Flipside, ➻ Author Cindi Myers – Kleankitchen.co.uk where she enjoys the company of the old Quaker woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond ❰PDF❯ ❤ Ruthlessly Royal (Self-Made Millionaires Author Robyn Donald – Kleankitchen.co.uk and on occasion [PDF / Epub] ☉ An Amish Family Christmas Author Marta Perry – Kleankitchen.co.uk her young sailor friend Nat But when Kit s friendship with the witch is discovered ☁ [PDF / Epub] ☀ Interrupted Lullaby By Dana R. Lynn ✎ – Kleankitchen.co.uk Kit is faced with suspicion [PDF / Epub] ☁ Gift-Wrapped Governess By Sophia James – Kleankitchen.co.uk fear ➯ [Read] ➫ Vows of Revenge By Dani Collins ➻ – Kleankitchen.co.uk and anger She herself is accused of witchcraft My wife Barb had read this back in the 90s, and mentioned to me at the time how much she liked it, which had put it on my radar So last fall, when I was considering a new book to read aloud to her, I selected this one, guessing rightly that after the lapse of 25 years or so, it would be like a new read The very short Goodreads description for this edition says it brings to life the witch hysteria of Puritan New England That s true as far as it goes, but very incomplete one plot strand depi My wife Barb had read this back in the 90s, and mentioned to me at the time how much she liked it, which had put it on my radar So last fall, when I was considering a new book to read aloud to her, I selected this one, guessing rightly that after the lapse of 25 years or so, it would be like a new read The very short Goodreads description for this edition says it brings to life the witch hysteria of Puritan New England That s true as far as it goes, but very incomplete one plot strand depicts the witch hysteria of that day, rising to an intense climax that evokes considerable drama and suspense, but there s significantlyto the book than that The cover blurb tends to belurid and Gothic than the book itself justifies, as well It s solid historical fiction the kind that earned a Newbery Award, at a time when quality was required for that rather than schmaltzy melodrama The 16 17 year old heroine viewpoint character will appeal to teens, but adults can thoroughly appreciate the novel as well.Our setting is the fictional town of Wethersfield in the colony of Connecticut in 1687 88, on the cusp of England s Glorious Revolution, a time when New England history buffs know that royal governor Sir Edmund Andros was pushing the envelope of royal absolutism to its limit Speare does an excellent job of working this historical backdrop into the fabric of the story But we see it through eyes that can view it withthan slight detachment those of Katherine Kit Tyler, born and raised on Barbados, in a very different milieu Orphaned young, she was raised by her now dead, wealthy grandfather but misuse of his trust by a thieving overseer replaced the wealth with a plethora of debts, and after his passing the plantation had to be sold to pay them As our story opens, Kit s now sailed to Connecticut without sending any advance word ahead of her without any money except what paid for her passage, to seek a home with her mother s surviving sister, Rachel Wood whom the niece has never seen , and her family Both she and the Wood family are in for culture shock galore.IMO, this is a wonderful novel, without any significant downside that I could see It s a nuanced and fascinating portrayal of human relationships, across cultural and generational lines and Speare avoids the pitfalls of caricaturing Puritan society or creating cartoon characters depicted as entirely good or entirely bad Kit s a basically likable person, free spirited and kind hearted, smart and book loving her grandfather taught her to read, and had an extensive library , appreciative of beauty But she s also, at 16, got a definite lazy and entitled streak, a product of her upbringing she takes for granted the slavery based economy she s benefited from all of her young life, and she views the Crown with a rather naive subservience For all that they tend to benarrow, both religiously and culturally, than Kit, the New Englanders she meets tend to beon what we would recognize as the right side of those issues The author also makes it clear that New England society isn t monolithic aged Quaker Hannah Tupper, who becomes Kit s fast friend, and seaman Nat Eaton, with his travel based broader outlook, are also part of its fabric, and even among the Puritan congregation of Wethersfield, there are differences in personalities and attitudes Most of them aren t genuinely malevolent though Goodwife Cruff certainly is, and Speare also depicts the insidious way that mob psychology, given a chance, can work they re just regular people, with the same range of moral and psychological qualities we d find in a small town today, and most prove to be sympathetic Speare has also created, in many cases, dynamic characters that is to say, characters who can learn from each other and from experiences, and change some attitudes and perspectives And while Kit understandably doesn t relate well to the ultra long, tedious monologue sermon centered Puritan church services twice on Sundays, and doesn t support the bigotry against Quakers, there s no anti Christian attitude on her part, and no anti religious propaganda in the book.Speare s plotting is perfectly crafted, and her prose style felicitous at just 223 pages, this is an absorbing, fast paced read that held my interest throughout If a reader could devote time to reading it without much interruption Barb and I couldn t, of course , it would actually be a quick read A lifelong New Englander herself, her love for and knowledge of the beauties of New England s natural world is evident in many places in the text Finally and which is an important consideration for this genre her historical accuracy and faithful reconstruction of the life and ethos of the times are impeccable This book really gives you an appreciation of the back breaking, monotonous labor that filled daily life, for both sexes though the focus is on females , as well as the community spirit and some of the folkways Some might say I give too many books five star ratings but in all honesty, I couldn t give this one any less I really liked this book, and have therefore come to the conclusion that books written for children can be higher quality writing than books written for adults because there isn t this pressure to impress with heavy metaphor and poignant statements about life When adults write for adults there is too much pressure, adults writing for children understand that it is the story and the characters that matter most, and if those two are well written then I think you have a deep, satisfying book. Buy the truth, and do not sell it,also wisdom and instruction and understanding Psalm 23 23A wholly satisfying read and respectable look at Puritan life I m a 23 yr old in college guy, and Who knew I d get so emotionally invested I certainly didn t There were several parts when I was legitimately frustrated, angry, and a little teary eyed to level with you My favorite scenes were quite easily John s return home the teary eyes c mon I m just trying to give you an honest Buy the truth, and do not sell it,also wisdom and instruction and understanding Psalm 23 23A wholly satisfying read and respectable look at Puritan life I m a 23 yr old in college guy, and Who knew I d get so emotionally invested I certainly didn t There were several parts when I was legitimately frustrated, angry, and a little teary eyed to level with you My favorite scenes were quite easily John s return home the teary eyes c mon I m just trying to give you an honest review as well as the final pages of the book Sidenote With a character named Thankful Peabody , how could you possibly go wrong Sidenote sidenote Goodwife Cruff was completely and impressively unlikeable If I m lucky enough to have a daughter or two, this one ll most definitely have a space their bookshelf A good witch is hard to find.I should know I ve been searching for one my entire life.So, I went into this read thinking maybe this is her the witch of blackbird pond Maybe she will finally be the tatter haired witch that Karla Kuskin decribes, or the magical prognosticator, chanting, canting, calculator that Felice Holman makes me want to meet.I wasn t looking for a Bellatrix LeStrange, I just wanted the witch I ve been waiting for And I didn t find her here.Nope No real w A good witch is hard to find.I should know I ve been searching for one my entire life.So, I went into this read thinking maybe this is her the witch of blackbird pond Maybe she will finally be the tatter haired witch that Karla Kuskin decribes, or the magical prognosticator, chanting, canting, calculator that Felice Holman makes me want to meet.I wasn t looking for a Bellatrix LeStrange, I just wanted the witch I ve been waiting for And I didn t find her here.Nope No real witches here Just a bunch of those Arthur Miller type witches from The Crucible Meaning, no delightful cleavage or cackle, no orgies by the river no incantation, no levitation, no black tresses or long black gowns.Just a sad, partially demented Quaker woman who has been ostracized from the town for her religious beliefs.Oh, and a town with a pillory, a whipping post and stocks All of the proper accoutrements for provoking public humiliation in the village square in Connecticut in the 17th century.God, I hate Puritans.I hate em, and so does Kit, our protagonist, who is forced to leave wealth and the paradise that is Barbados for the bleak, never ending Puritans and snow.I think this is known as hell, or purgatory, at the very least.Poor Kit.And poor me But once I let go of my attachment to the perfect witch, I allowed this Newberry winner from 1958 and Kit Tyler to capture my attention, and I found an old school appealing story and a winning protagonist.This is good, clean story telling, and it s a surprisingly romantic coming of age story as well And, God as my witness, as I finished up the story today, my 9 year old daughter arrived home carrying a giant, black cauldron from a thrift store I retreat to my lair with magical thoughts

    ✅ Book Lover PDF / Epub ⚣ Author Jennifer Kaufman – Kleankitchen.co.uk as she gazes for the first time at the cold [Ebook] ➧ Secret Delivery / Her 24-Hour Protector ➭ Delores Fossen – Kleankitchen.co.uk bleak shores of Connecticut Colony ❮PDF❯ ❤ Kholodovs Last Mistress Author Kate Hewitt – Kleankitchen.co.uk that her new home will never be like the shimmering Caribbean island she left behind In her relatives stern Puritan community [Télécharger] ➵ Wicked Sinner (Regency Sinners 7) Auteur Carole Mortimer – Kleankitchen.co.uk she feels like a tropical bird that has flown to the wrong part of the world ❰Epub❯ ➞ If the Stiletto Fits... Author Wendy Etherington – Kleankitchen.co.uk a bird that is now caged and lonely The only place where Kit feels completely free is in the meadows ❮Read❯ ➸ What Phoebe Wants (Harlequin Flipside, ➻ Author Cindi Myers – Kleankitchen.co.uk where she enjoys the company of the old Quaker woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond ❰PDF❯ ❤ Ruthlessly Royal (Self-Made Millionaires Author Robyn Donald – Kleankitchen.co.uk and on occasion [PDF / Epub] ☉ An Amish Family Christmas Author Marta Perry – Kleankitchen.co.uk her young sailor friend Nat But when Kit s friendship with the witch is discovered ☁ [PDF / Epub] ☀ Interrupted Lullaby By Dana R. Lynn ✎ – Kleankitchen.co.uk Kit is faced with suspicion [PDF / Epub] ☁ Gift-Wrapped Governess By Sophia James – Kleankitchen.co.uk fear ➯ [Read] ➫ Vows of Revenge By Dani Collins ➻ – Kleankitchen.co.uk and anger She herself is accused of witchcraft My wife Barb had read this back in the 90s, and mentioned to me at the time how much she liked it, which had put it on my radar So last fall, when I was considering a new book to read aloud to her, I selected this one, guessing rightly that after the lapse of 25 years or so, it would be like a new read The very short Goodreads description for this edition says it brings to life the witch hysteria of Puritan New England That s true as far as it goes, but very incomplete one plot strand depi My wife Barb had read this back in the 90s, and mentioned to me at the time how much she liked it, which had put it on my radar So last fall, when I was considering a new book to read aloud to her, I selected this one, guessing rightly that after the lapse of 25 years or so, it would be like a new read The very short Goodreads description for this edition says it brings to life the witch hysteria of Puritan New England That s true as far as it goes, but very incomplete one plot strand depicts the witch hysteria of that day, rising to an intense climax that evokes considerable drama and suspense, but there s significantlyto the book than that The cover blurb tends to belurid and Gothic than the book itself justifies, as well It s solid historical fiction the kind that earned a Newbery Award, at a time when quality was required for that rather than schmaltzy melodrama The 16 17 year old heroine viewpoint character will appeal to teens, but adults can thoroughly appreciate the novel as well.Our setting is the fictional town of Wethersfield in the colony of Connecticut in 1687 88, on the cusp of England s Glorious Revolution, a time when New England history buffs know that royal governor Sir Edmund Andros was pushing the envelope of royal absolutism to its limit Speare does an excellent job of working this historical backdrop into the fabric of the story But we see it through eyes that can view it withthan slight detachment those of Katherine Kit Tyler, born and raised on Barbados, in a very different milieu Orphaned young, she was raised by her now dead, wealthy grandfather but misuse of his trust by a thieving overseer replaced the wealth with a plethora of debts, and after his passing the plantation had to be sold to pay them As our story opens, Kit s now sailed to Connecticut without sending any advance word ahead of her without any money except what paid for her passage, to seek a home with her mother s surviving sister, Rachel Wood whom the niece has never seen , and her family Both she and the Wood family are in for culture shock galore.IMO, this is a wonderful novel, without any significant downside that I could see It s a nuanced and fascinating portrayal of human relationships, across cultural and generational lines and Speare avoids the pitfalls of caricaturing Puritan society or creating cartoon characters depicted as entirely good or entirely bad Kit s a basically likable person, free spirited and kind hearted, smart and book loving her grandfather taught her to read, and had an extensive library , appreciative of beauty But she s also, at 16, got a definite lazy and entitled streak, a product of her upbringing she takes for granted the slavery based economy she s benefited from all of her young life, and she views the Crown with a rather naive subservience For all that they tend to benarrow, both religiously and culturally, than Kit, the New Englanders she meets tend to beon what we would recognize as the right side of those issues The author also makes it clear that New England society isn t monolithic aged Quaker Hannah Tupper, who becomes Kit s fast friend, and seaman Nat Eaton, with his travel based broader outlook, are also part of its fabric, and even among the Puritan congregation of Wethersfield, there are differences in personalities and attitudes Most of them aren t genuinely malevolent though Goodwife Cruff certainly is, and Speare also depicts the insidious way that mob psychology, given a chance, can work they re just regular people, with the same range of moral and psychological qualities we d find in a small town today, and most prove to be sympathetic Speare has also created, in many cases, dynamic characters that is to say, characters who can learn from each other and from experiences, and change some attitudes and perspectives And while Kit understandably doesn t relate well to the ultra long, tedious monologue sermon centered Puritan church services twice on Sundays, and doesn t support the bigotry against Quakers, there s no anti Christian attitude on her part, and no anti religious propaganda in the book.Speare s plotting is perfectly crafted, and her prose style felicitous at just 223 pages, this is an absorbing, fast paced read that held my interest throughout If a reader could devote time to reading it without much interruption Barb and I couldn t, of course , it would actually be a quick read A lifelong New Englander herself, her love for and knowledge of the beauties of New England s natural world is evident in many places in the text Finally and which is an important consideration for this genre her historical accuracy and faithful reconstruction of the life and ethos of the times are impeccable This book really gives you an appreciation of the back breaking, monotonous labor that filled daily life, for both sexes though the focus is on females , as well as the community spirit and some of the folkways Some might say I give too many books five star ratings but in all honesty, I couldn t give this one any less I really liked this book, and have therefore come to the conclusion that books written for children can be higher quality writing than books written for adults because there isn t this pressure to impress with heavy metaphor and poignant statements about life When adults write for adults there is too much pressure, adults writing for children understand that it is the story and the characters that matter most, and if those two are well written then I think you have a deep, satisfying book. Buy the truth, and do not sell it,also wisdom and instruction and understanding Psalm 23 23A wholly satisfying read and respectable look at Puritan life I m a 23 yr old in college guy, and Who knew I d get so emotionally invested I certainly didn t There were several parts when I was legitimately frustrated, angry, and a little teary eyed to level with you My favorite scenes were quite easily John s return home the teary eyes c mon I m just trying to give you an honest Buy the truth, and do not sell it,also wisdom and instruction and understanding Psalm 23 23A wholly satisfying read and respectable look at Puritan life I m a 23 yr old in college guy, and Who knew I d get so emotionally invested I certainly didn t There were several parts when I was legitimately frustrated, angry, and a little teary eyed to level with you My favorite scenes were quite easily John s return home the teary eyes c mon I m just trying to give you an honest review as well as the final pages of the book Sidenote With a character named Thankful Peabody , how could you possibly go wrong Sidenote sidenote Goodwife Cruff was completely and impressively unlikeable If I m lucky enough to have a daughter or two, this one ll most definitely have a space their bookshelf A good witch is hard to find.I should know I ve been searching for one my entire life.So, I went into this read thinking maybe this is her the witch of blackbird pond Maybe she will finally be the tatter haired witch that Karla Kuskin decribes, or the magical prognosticator, chanting, canting, calculator that Felice Holman makes me want to meet.I wasn t looking for a Bellatrix LeStrange, I just wanted the witch I ve been waiting for And I didn t find her here.Nope No real w A good witch is hard to find.I should know I ve been searching for one my entire life.So, I went into this read thinking maybe this is her the witch of blackbird pond Maybe she will finally be the tatter haired witch that Karla Kuskin decribes, or the magical prognosticator, chanting, canting, calculator that Felice Holman makes me want to meet.I wasn t looking for a Bellatrix LeStrange, I just wanted the witch I ve been waiting for And I didn t find her here.Nope No real witches here Just a bunch of those Arthur Miller type witches from The Crucible Meaning, no delightful cleavage or cackle, no orgies by the river no incantation, no levitation, no black tresses or long black gowns.Just a sad, partially demented Quaker woman who has been ostracized from the town for her religious beliefs.Oh, and a town with a pillory, a whipping post and stocks All of the proper accoutrements for provoking public humiliation in the village square in Connecticut in the 17th century.God, I hate Puritans.I hate em, and so does Kit, our protagonist, who is forced to leave wealth and the paradise that is Barbados for the bleak, never ending Puritans and snow.I think this is known as hell, or purgatory, at the very least.Poor Kit.And poor me But once I let go of my attachment to the perfect witch, I allowed this Newberry winner from 1958 and Kit Tyler to capture my attention, and I found an old school appealing story and a winning protagonist.This is good, clean story telling, and it s a surprisingly romantic coming of age story as well And, God as my witness, as I finished up the story today, my 9 year old daughter arrived home carrying a giant, black cauldron from a thrift store I retreat to my lair with magical thoughts"/>
  • Paperback
  • 256 pages
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Elizabeth George Speare
  • English
  • 21 April 2018

About the Author: Elizabeth George Speare

I was born in Melrose, Massachusetts, on November 21, 1908 I have lived all my life in New England, and though I love to travel I can t imagine ever calling any other place on earth home Since I can t remember a time when I didn t intend to write, it is hard to explain why I took so long getting around to it in earnest But the years seemed to go by very quickly In 1936 I married Alden Speare and came to Connecticut Not till both children were in junior high did I find time at last to sit down quietly with a pencil and paper I turned naturally to the things which had filled my days and thoughts and began to write magazine articles about family living Then one day I stumbled on a true story from New England history with a character who seemed to me an ideal heroine Though I had my first historical novel almost by accident it soon proved to be an absorbing hobby Elizabeth George Speare 1908 1994 won the 1959 Newbery Medal for THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND, and the 1962 Newbery Medal for THE BRONZE BOW She also received a Newbery Honor Award in 1983, and in 1989 she was presented with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her substantial and enduring contribution to children s literature.


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