The Witch of Blackbird Pond
When Kit Tyler, of sunny Barbados, arrives in the Puritan Connecticut Colony in 1687, it is immediately apparent that she does not fit in. Her dresses are too expensive and too colorful, and she is too outspoken and impulsive. She can swim, she teaches the school children to read by acting out plays, and she befriends an old Quaker woman who lives outside of town. Does that make her a witch?
This is an excellent book that brings the austere expectations of Puritan life to modern readers. Any reader who has ever visited a place with different cultural expectations will relate to Kit's struggle to fit in to her new life in Connecticut. The book alludes to some complex issues, including wealth, politics, slavery, and religion's role in the culture of the time period, but its focus is about relationships between the memorable, richly-drawn characters.
""People are afraid of things they don't understand."
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