Cover of PLymouth Rocks! by Jane Yolen

Plymouth Rocks

Charlesbridge (September 8, 2020)
Illustrated by Sam Streed
ISBN-10: 1580896855
ISBN-13: 978- 1580896856

So the phone rings. My Charlesbridge editor said, “I have a book idea for you.” (This happens, but rarely.)

I said…”Okay.”

“In two years it’s going to be the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims landing on Plymouth Rock. Big celebrations and. . . ”

“It didn’t happen, you know,” I said, figuring she knew. She was a Harvard graduate after all.

“What didn’t happen?”

“They didn’t land on a rock. They landed on one end of Cape Cod.”

There was silence. Then she said, “But the celebration… ”

I said, “If I can find a way to make it work and tell the truth I will.”

Two days later I sent her an email. “Starting on it. It’s called Plymouth Rocks!”

And three weeks, later, dear Reader, she bought it. Though there were weeks and weeks of revisions after.

What reviewers have said:

  • Humorous pictures supplement prose and poetry to create a unique, clever, engaging picture book about one aspect of early American history.” —School Library Journal


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