I don't normally do reviews on a Sunday for Sunday Salon, but I am a little bit behind on my reviews. I am actually reading faster than I have time to review. So I thought I would do two quick mini reviews today which are about books from the same series.
Both of the books are from the My Story range of books which are aimed at children and teenagers and are all in diary format dealing with different events through different periods of history.
Indian Mutiny - The Story of Hanuman Singh, India, 1857 -1858. Out of the two I read I would have to say this one was the least enjoyable. I now realise it was written as part of the boys series, which might be why it was a boring read for me. It tells the story of Hanuman as he leaves his family to go and work for the Rani (Queen) Lakshmibai, looking after her son. Whilst working for her, the Indian rebellion against the British begins, causing the Rani, a former ally of the British to go into battle against them.
I found it interesting to learn a little about the history of the events that occurred in 1857, but I found the book annoying to read. There were lots of words written in the book in Indian without the proper English translation, so I often felt I didn't understand what I was reading. There was a glossary at the back, but it did not show half the words used in the book. A rather disappointing read for me.
Mayflower - The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple, 1620. Now this book was completely different and easy to read. This is one of the books aimed at girls. It tells the story of the boat, the Mayflower which took the Pilgrims to America to escape persecution and to establish a settlement to live in. Remember writes in her diary, details of the months at sea, where many of the travellers developed sickness and scurvy. The story shows how the boat landed at Plymouth and the settlers quickly worked together to build houses for them all. During their time on land, many of the settlers fell ill and died, leaving just under half of the original settlers left alive on the island. Life was hard and they suffered immensely, though over the years, things got better for them.
I really enjoyed learning about the pilgrims journey to Plymouth. I would ask that all my American readers forgive me as I didn't realise that the Pilgrims held the first Thanksgiving holiday after reaping the rewards from their first harvest. I would definitely like to read more about this period of time, so if anyone can recommend any books about the Pilgrims journey to Plymouth, then please let me know in the comments.
I am interested in reading more books from the My Story range, as I see them as a short introduction into historical events, an area that I don't usually venture into. If I find the historical event interesting in short format, then I am more likely to read longer books about it. These books are definitely a good read for teenagers and children as they are written in a diary format from a young person's perspective, so the children would find it easier to relate to them. They are quite short reads, so I imagine they would even hold the attention of a begrudging reader.
Here is a link to the My Story website, where you can check out other books in the series. There is a section on boys books as well as girls books. Scholastic seem to be in the process of changing the book covers and I would have to say that the new ones will probably appeal to children more than the originals.
Have you read any of the My Story books?