WISHING BOY OF NEW NETHERLAND by Maud Esther Dilliard
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WISHING BOY OF NEW NETHERLAND

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Entertainment value struggles with scholarly period detail and wins, for once, in this superior family story set in 17th century New York. Seven-year-old Willem Garretsen was always wishing for something and usually his wishes came true. He did get a little dog; he accompanied his parents from New Amsterdam to their home at Achterveld on Long Island, he saw Indians and overheard a peace talk after the Indians had been pursued for burning English settlements, he made friends with English children, and best of all, heard his little sister talk for the first time. One could wish that the pronunciations of the Dutch words which blossom profusely on each page were included, but this is on the whole, a lively period story.

Publisher: Dutton