Welcome to my web site. You will find information about the books I write, my autobiography, and writing tips. The links on the left will lead you to other pages on this site. You can also send me an email with questions.
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Samuel Eaton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy
"An authentic, informative glimpse into the past that will delight teachers and students alike." — School Library Journal
"The photographs [will] entice the reader back into the seventeenth century with their authenticity and detail .... A vivid description of the hardships endured as well as the pride felt by these English colonists in their new American community." — The Horn Book
Sarah Morton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl
Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies.
"...an appealing, authentic look at New England's first English settlement...." — Kirkus Reviews
"...children will delight in surveying a wealth of background detail in this skillfully and warmly rendered re-creation ...." — Booklist
On the Mayflower: Voyage of the Ship's Apprentice and a Passenger Girl
An American Bookseller Pick of the Lists.
"An intriguing glimpse at seventeenth-century ways .... A good addition to American history collections." — Booklist
Giving Thanks: The 1621 Harvest Feast
"In the newest addition to their books about children of the 1620s, Kate Waters and Russ Kendall present a reenactment of that first holiday.... Photographs taken on Massachusetts' Plimoth Plantation, a glossary and suggested reading list make this a solid resource." — Publishers Weekly
Lion Dancer: Ernie Wan's Chinese New Year
"...That Ernie and his brother and sister are beguiling youngsters adds to the warmth and attractiveness of the book, but of even more interest are the views of life in New York's Chinatown, Ernie practicing and being dressed for his part in the Lion Dance, and the more intimate scenes of family meals and traditions...." — The Horn Book
Tapenum's Day: A Wampanoag Indian Boy in Pilgrim Times
A CBS / NCSS Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies.
"The text is readable, the photographs are handsome, and the material has been meticulously researched for accuracy." —The Horn Book
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by Russ Kendall