|The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
The following collection of thematically related readings is available
in The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle and Related Readings
in McDougal Littell's Literature Connections series.
Mary Patten by Linda Grant De Pauw
(from Seafaring Women, © 1982)
Summary: This excerpt from real-life stories about seafaring women tells
why Mary Patten was hailed in the 1850s as "living proof that there
was nothing women could not do." When her husband falls ill, Mary takes
command of his ship and successfully rounds the challenging Cape Horn.
Excerpt from Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana
Summary: In this excerpt from his famous personal narrative, Dana describes
a sea captain as cruel as Jaggery and a crew as cohesive and victimized
as that of the Seahawk.
Walking the Trestle by Jay Parini
(from Anthracite Country, © 1976)
Summary: In this poem, the speaker describes the experience of walking
across a railroad trestle perched 40 feet above a river.
Excerpt from The Princess and the Admiral by Charlotte Pomerantz,
Summary: This Vietnamese tale tells how Mat Mat, the ruling princess
of the Tiny Kingdom, outsmarts an invader to preserve her country's
100 years of peace.
This Morning There Were Rainbows in the Sprinklers by Lorna
(from Kikiriki, © 1990)
Summary: The speaker in this poem expresses the emotions of someone
who has taken control of his or her destiny.