“filled with fascinating and little-known historical facts…”—Jack Magnus, Readers’ Favorite

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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

Mayflower: Fly on the Wall Series is an educational book for children written by Linda Smigaj and illustrated by Mark W. Adams. This historical tale is narrated by a Dutch cheese fly, named Anna, whose quest for adventure leads her to join forces with the Pilgrims on their 66-day journey aboard the Mayflower. Anna narrates how the Pilgrims and the other passengers bound for the New World had originally been scheduled to travel on another ship, but problems with its seaworthiness led to their voyage on the Mayflower, a merchant ship that had never carried passengers before. The daily life of those passengers was filled with hardships, as the ship had neither living quarters nor facilities and proper space for them. Storms and rough seas were especially difficult for all concerned. Despite the challenges of their journey, all on board, save for one sailor, survived the Atlantic crossing.

Linda Smigaj’s educational book for children, Mayflower: Fly on the Wall Series, is filled with fascinating and little-known historical facts that make this Fly on the Wall book a particularly interesting read for both children and adults. Anna’s narrative is beautifully brought to life by the pen and ink and watercolor illustrations of Mark W. Adams. I instantly knew I was in for a treat when I opened the book to the illustrations showing the parts of the ship and the areas where the Pilgrims and the other passengers spent their time aboard the Mayflower. And while I was fully aware that I was reading an historical and educational book, it felt more as if I were reading an adventure tale, and an exhilarating one at that. What a marvelous way to introduce history to young readers! This very entertaining and informative work also contains a glossary and an appendix filled with more little known facts about the Mayflower’s journey. Mayflower: Fly on the Wall Series is most highly recommended.

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Student Question: What Should I Write About?

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Write about your life. Things you enjoy: hunting, fishing, sports, or write about someone in your family.  Little House on the Prarie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters are stories about adventures in everyday life.

Write about places. Boring places become interesting stories when people write about them. Driew Qweepie played on his farm, which he called Outback. Author Jules Verne wrote about his Journey to the Center of the Earth. Write places into reality by documenting the seasons, birds, or activities that happen in your backyard.

Put your skills to the test with this writing and drawing challenge. Can you create all the related activities in Challenge 1?

See how many of the fun challenges you can create with this free writing and drawing game. This teaching resource is a fun and easy activity that will keep students creative and save teachers time.

Summer Reading List: “Field of Dreams”

In search of her grandparents’ fabled Field of Dreams, Dusty sets out with her new friend Gus to find a place where she can plant her own spectacular “Seeds of Success.” Nightingale once again works magic to show two willing farmers that goals and hard work are the tools necessary to create a beautiful Field of Dreams—anywhere. Welcome to the Growing Field. Let your journey continue.

About the Growing Field Series The Growing Field series was inspired by, and written in memory of Mark Hoog‘s colleague, mentor, and friend Jason Dahl, the Captain of Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. The Growing Field Series unlocks the six secret keys to making a child’s dream come true. Each of the six stories is specially designed to capture children’s attention and help them begin building their leadership capabilities!

Field of Dreams is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at the local library. If it’s not available at the library, request it be added.