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am 20. Juli 2000
i read this book when i was in the 4th grade and i loved it. it has historical facts and it is very entertaining. i dunno how you cant like this book.
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am 28. Januar 2000
Although I am well past the age this book is intended for, I must say this is one of the finest pieces of historical fiction I have ever read.
One of the favorite books of my youth was "Calico Captive" which was also written by Elizabeth George Speare. Recently, in a fit of nostalgia, I purchased "Calico Captive" and, on a whim, I also grabbed "The Witch of Blackbird Pond" simply because it was by the same author and also set in colonial times. I felt I could use some light, escapist reading material in order to take a break from my usual heavy fare of military history books.
Anyway I started to read "The Witch of Blackbird Pond" at around 9:30 in the evening. At 2AM, I finished it. I couldn't put it down! After the first few chapters the book becomes a real page turner. I had to find out what would happen next. Would Kit ever adapt to the austere life of the Puritans? How would the situation with Prudence Cruff pan out? Would Kit marry William? Would John marry the girl he truly loved? Would Uncle Matthew ever soften? And, of course, what would happen if the Puritans found out about Kit's friendship with a suspected witch? I was just blown away by this book- one of the enjoyable reading experiences I have had in a long time.
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am 7. Januar 2000
Overall, I was disappointed with this book. I don't mind long, slow, drawn-out plots as long as they are detailed and developed. By the middle of this book, I wondered when it would get started. By the last quarter of the book, I was still wondering when it would get started. Usually by the end of a book, I feel that I "know" the characters. This book left me feeling empty. The characters Judith and Mercy were poorly developed. I was almost finished with the book before I realized the differences and similarities between Judith and Mercy... I spent most of the book wondering who was who! As for the witch-hunt -- that was also disappointing. Kit and Hannah were not accused outright of being witches until the last three chapters. Only one chapter in the whole book is entirely devoted to the witch-hunt. Finally, at the end of the book, I was left feeling completely empty with Nat and Kit's relationship. It just came out of no where. I had a feeling they would get together in the beginning and I wanted to see them together, but I was really disappointed with the events that led up to it. What can I say positive about this book? It is a good historical fiction of Puritan times and lifestyle. If you are interested in the Puritan ways, you will probably like this book. If you are interested in the witch-hunt or if you want to read a well-developed good book, I would pass on this one.
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am 28. Juli 1999
This is one of my all-time favorite books, next to 'Jacob Have I Loved'. It is INCREDIBLY engrossing. The Puritan setting is done in such a believable manner that you are sucked into the story. You can easily imagine yourself to be right there with Kit and enjoy every minute of it. Kit, as a heroine is very likeable and authentic. She begins the story with pride that borders on conceit and ends with a mature and well-tempered strength. Throughout the novel I got a kick from her defiant attitude and spirit. The relationships between all the characters in the story are the heart of the novel. While the mystery and action elements of 'The Witch of Blackbird Pond' are well-done and could stand alone (the plot moves along very nicely), it's really the relationship aspects of the novel that appealed to me. I also have to mention that there are moments of fine humor that make me laugh out loud. I can't say that about many other books I've read. I will probably re-read this book many, many times. I think it's unfortunate that students are forced to read this book before they are ready to enjoy it. If you had to read this book for school and found it hard to get through, I would strongly recommend that you give it another shot when you're older. You won't regret it.
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am 25. November 1998
A witch? Someone thinks you are a witch? When Kit leaves Barbados on the lovely Dolphin ship to live in America with her Uncle, she is unprepared for what she encounters. What a surprise when she discovers that being able to read, swim, wear fancy clothes, as well as befriending a kind old woman is odd behavior for this town. In The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Elizabeth George Spears sends you on a reading adventure. The story includes a number of surprising and suspenseful events including a frightening witch hunt and a big outcry among some angry villagers against their government. Some parts of the story are a little boring, but the elaborate language and unpredictable moments bring you right back into the book. The climax of this book is the best part. It's unbeleivable and exciting. The main character, Kit, is very interesting. You will feel like you know her only after reading a few pages. Fiesty, wise, and stubborn are some of Kit's personality traits. You will also become very familiar with many of the other characters including Kit's two cousins, her Aunt and Uncle, Nat a seaman, and John and William two very interesting men, plus many more! This book has many hidden lessons in it. It teaches you about friendship, trust, bravery, genorosity, and happiness, It will fill you with sorrow and joy, and is a very adventurous story loved by many!
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am 11. Januar 2000
A slice of American history with an appealing cast of characters. The Witch of Blackbird Pond describes the life of a pampered but well-meaning young woman forced to live with her aunt's family in a Puritan community. The adjustment is difficult, but she is helped by the village outcast, Hannah, a Quaker who is rumored to be a witch. This book is an inspiring introduction to religious prejudice and early American history; it sparked my interest in those subjects, and doubtless will for other readers. The author has researched well the lives of the Puritans, from wool-carding to church services to theological doctrine. The evolution of Kit into a brave, hard-working woman willing to stand up for her beliefs is a real treat. The supporting characters make the book as much as Kit herself: her stern but upright uncle, the cocky seaman Nat, the fumbling young minister who discovers what he truly stands for, and my favorite, her cousin Mercy, who holds the family together in spite of a physical handicap. The suspense and terror of the witch hunt is very real. This book is ever much more than a simple historical romance!
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am 28. Februar 1997
When I was skimming the shelves of my class's book collection, The Witch Of Blackbird Pond immedietly caught my eye. My mother had mentioned this book many times before, but I never looked for it. But now, as I look at the cover, showing a sunset picture of Kit Tyler, standing in the beloved medows, near Blackbird Pond, I knew it would be the best book I had ever read. I had already read The Sign of the Beaver, also by Elizabeth Speare, but I took the Witch of BLackbird Pond to my desk (despite the fact I was already reading 5 other books) and read away. I soon lost track of time, and didn't hear Mr.Caldwell say It was time to switch classes.. I was too caught up awed at Kit teaching with Mercy at the dame school, falling for Nat, and bneing held on trial for witchcraft. Mr.Caldwell had to pry me out of my state of rivited attention to the book.To this day, I am still awed at Elizabeth's skill, and will read as many of her novels as I can
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am 16. Juni 1998
i read "the witch of the blackbird pond" when i was around 13. it has made me not only fall in love with the characters and the narrative, but also with the wonderful world of books and reading, and the magic of listening to the voice of the writer telling a story through the pages. the story made me cry, laugh, cheer, and reflect. most of all, it engaged my mind and made me, the reader, a part of the story. i saw the Dolphin sail laborously through the Connecticut River, i saw Uncle Matthew's stern face surveying Kit's luggages, i saw Prudence writing-- scratching :-)-- her name across the paper, i saw Nat clutching the soaking Kit as she swam across the freezing water... i saw the "witch" with her kitten, and felt the beauty and warmth of human kindness. i love this book. of all the books i've had, this is the one which i have reread the most. cliche as it is, this book is timeless. honest!
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am 18. Juli 2000
It may not have the most complicated, interwoven plot, but what can I say, I like it. Kit fits fits perfectly into the time period without becoming one of those overly sugary "porceline dolls" which is what happens to many of the characters in all kinds of historical fiction because the author is not quite sure how the characters of the past should react. It's interesting to watch as Kit tries to fit into her surroundings, but then finds out she can't. She is who she is, and would be who she is. So soon she learns a way out of the suffering of being different but has another problem--her unique character and "evil" way of dressing lead the people of her town to believe she's a witch. Now she must rely one the people she trusts most to save her, and hope that some of the people she found hopelessly mistrustful of her would find a way to forgive for being different.
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am 7. November 1999
I am in the midst of reading this book for about the twelfth time. I love everything about it. It is a mixture of bravery, homesickness, and love. Kit Tyler makes the journey from Barbados to Wethersfield because her Grandfather died. After paying all debts necessary, she had no money and no place to live. When she gets there, she realizes that there was much more work than she had bargained for in Puritan life! When she makes a huge mistake in teaching a dame school, she seeks help in the meadow with the accused witch, Hannah Tupper. She befriends both Hannah and Prudence, an abused child. She teaches this overworked child to read, learn, and love. She falls in love with Nat Eaton, the captain's son. She is accused of being a witch and put to trial. These words can barely describe the brilliance and excitement of this novel, and I will never grow too old to read it!
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