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Richard of Jamestown : a Story of the Virginia Colony

James Otis

Book Overview: 

Richard of Jamestown by James Otis was written for children with the purpose to show them the daily home life of the Virginia colonists. It is written from the viewpoint of a young boy named Richard Mutton.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .m when he could not serve himself because of the irons that fettered his legs.

And so it was that I had opportunity to do that which made my master as true a friend as ever lad had, for in the later days when we were come to Virginia and beset by savages more cruel than wild beasts, he ventured his own life again and again to save mine, which was so worthless as compared with his.

Only that I might tell how the voyage progressed, did I go on deck, or have speech with Nathaniel Peacock, and only through me did my master know when we were come to this island or that, together with what was to be seen in such places.


Therefore it was that when, on the next day after he was made a prisoner, we were come to anchor off that island which the savages called Gaudaloupe, and Nathaniel had been permitted to go on shore in one of the boats, I could tell my master of the wondrous waters which we. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A lot of historical information but the word savage was used quite a bit.

The book was interesting, in some areas rather humorous, and sufficiently captivating, its quality of writing being excellent. The plot, overall, was fact rather than fiction and thus was interesting, but the characters were not extremely developed (for reason of them not being entirely focused on).

History comes alive with a 9 year old voice of the child who took care of Captain John Smith's needs during the Virgina settlement in Jamestown.

Read with my kindergartener and first grader as part of our American History curriculum. I almost gave up in the beginning because the language was dense and written far above them. We took it very slowly and talked about what we had read each day. They loved it. A few weeks in, they were summarizin