Tuesday, November 2, 2010

book talk tuesday

THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND, by Elizabeth George Speare

IndieBound Description: Orphaned Kit Tyler knows, as she gazes for the first time at the cold, bleak shores of Connecticut Colony, that her new home will never be like the shimmering Caribbean island she left behind. In her relatives' stern Puritan community, she feels like a tropical bird that has flown to the wrong part of the world, a bird that is now caged and lonely. The only place where Kit feels completely free is in the meadows, where she enjoys the company of the old Quaker woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond, and on occasion, her young sailor friend Nat. But when Kit's friendship with the "witch" is discovered, Kit is faced with suspicion, fear, and anger. She herself is accused of witchcraft!

My Thoughts: We read this book in elementary school as assigned reading and I remember being surprised how much I liked it! The story has stayed with me all these years, I even remember the descriptions of Kit's smooth, silk dresses. What I don't remember is the cover of the book, which I know was nothing like the one here. I have a mixed feelings about this cover. It's eyecatching and I can see how it would attract a modern reader, but I feel like Kit looks like a contemporary teenager in a costume. I think it's that small smirk on her face, she seems a bit too self-aware.


lady said...

This is one of my all time favorite books. I read it again recently and it really stood the "test of time". There were parts I hadn't remembered, for example the scenes with Hannah Tupper, oddly enough.

Libby Koponen said...

I loved this book as a kid, too! I was really surprised when I read it as an adult to see that she had a boyfriend--I hadn't remembered, or maybe even picked up on, the fact that there was a romance going on -- I think I just thought he was a friend..... I remembered the scene when she (the teacher) had the kids in her Sunday school class act out a Bible story. The kids really FOUGHT, instead of pretending to fight, and she got in trouble...I remembered the dresses too. Anyhow it's a really good book and it stayed with me, too, even if I missed some key points.

Michelle Henninger said...

I read this book with my girls. It's a great story. The kids were enthralled. I don't care for this cover. It's doesn't seem to capture the spirit of the book. Kit is such a great character, but I don't get that with this depiction of her. I prefer the previous cover version. http://www.amazon.com/Witch-Blackbird-Elizabeth-George-Speare/dp/B001BFTUXG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1288918103&sr=8-3

Grace Lin said...

Yes, this book really has stood the test of time! It was assigned reading for me and an example of when assigned reading actually works--I would never have picked this up on my own but ended up loving it!

This cover doesn't seem right, but I'm not sure about the previous one either, Michelle. Her face in the one you linked to is more how I pictured her, but she still looks a bit old. Though, Kit does get married at the end of the book, pretty much, so I guess she is a bit older. Maybe it's because I identified with her at such a young age, I expect her to look younger!