Mary of Plymouth - James Otis
This book follows the life of Mary of Plymouth, a young girl who arrives with the Pilgrims on the Mayflower and shares in their difficulties and adventures. It is very authentic in both in portraying the daily life and work of the early settlers, and in depicting the attitude of many of the pilgrims towards Indians, other settlers, and Englishmen with less than orthodox Puritan views.
The purpose of this series of stories is to show the children, and even those who have already taken up the study of history, the home life of the colonists with whom they meet in their books. To this end every effort has been made to avoid anything savoring of romance, and to deal only with facts, so far as that is possible, while describing the daily life of those people who conquered the wilderness whether for conscience sake or for gain.
That the stories may appeal more directly to the children, they are told from the viewpoint of a child, and purport to have been related by a child. Should any criticism be made regarding the seeming neglect to mention important historical facts, the answer would be that these books are not sent out as histories, although it is believed that they will awaken a desire to learn more of the building of the nation, and only such incidents as would be particularly noted by a child are used.
Surely it is entertaining as well as instructive for young people to read of the toil and privations in the homes of those who came into a new world to build up a country for themselves, and such homely facts are not to be found in the real histories of our land.