The Secret Life of Mercy Otis Warren
Illustrated by Alexandra Wallner
2012, Calkins Creek, Honesdale, PA
For: older kids, probably not preschool
Title Page: Mercy’s arm and hand, with quill and melting candle, writing on a stack of papers.
Setting: Late 1700’s during the American Revolution, in Massachusetts
1st line/lines: “From her parlor window in West Barnstable, young Mercy Otis could watch the tide flow in and out of the Great Marsh on Cape Cod Bay.”
OSS: Tells the life of Mercy Otis Warren, a woman who told the story of the Revolution in over 1,000 pages that took thirty years. She would have been a politician if she had lived in contemporary times!
This was an exceptionally fine story about a really interesting person – of the female persuasion – in our history. The writing is beautiful and sophisticated, the story well-researched and finely told. A keeper. Perfect for my 4th grade biography unit.
Includes Author’s Note, a painting of Mercy Otis Warren by John Singleton Copley (this REALLY makes her a real person for the kids), a 2-page timeline of her life and what was going on politically, an excellent bibliography, and a number of websites. What a perfect model for a well researched book of history to share with kids!
About the author: Woelfe is a writer from LA who loves history, especially stories of little-known people in history. She’s written Katie the Windmill Cat, All the World’s a Stage: A Novel in Five Acts, and Jeannette Rankin: Political Pioneer.
The illustrator, also a love of history, lives in Yucatan, Mexico.