A Thanksgiving Visit to Plimoth Plantation with Goody O’Grumpity

In 1993 my imagination was living in Plimoth Plantation.

town

I was illustrating a a poem by Carol Ryrie Brink. She is best known for her novel Caddie Woodlawn, which won the Newbery Medal in 1936. She also wrote a short, melodic poem called Goody O’Grumpity and I illustrated it as a picture book.

procession

The communal beehive oven was at the center of the village and Goody bakes her “cake” among the nicely burned down coals.

I thought the strong, black lines of my linoleum cuts paired with the rich, autumnal watercolor, would compliment the linear quality of the mostly wooden and thatch built village of Plimoth Plantation. My neighbor, Marty, posed as Goody, in a homemade costume. Brennan and Rowan made appearances and so did a lovely Border Collie.

You can spot Rowan, then only 3, as the little curly head peeking over the fence and pointing. Boys and girls wore long dresses and caps until the boys were older and switched to breeches.

smell

“And throughout the land went such a smell, of citron and spice~ no words can tell

How cinnamon bark and lemon rind, and round, brown nutmegs grated fine

Indians

A wonderful haunting perfume wove, together with allspice, ginger and clove,oven

When Goody but opened the door of her stove.”

recipeIf you want to try to make Goody’s cake, really a sweet bread, here is Plimoth Plantation’s own recipe, reprinted in the book.

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8 thoughts on “A Thanksgiving Visit to Plimoth Plantation with Goody O’Grumpity

  1. First I would like to wish you and your family a wonderful Happy Thanksgiving! I also would like to tell you your artwork is so beautiful. I would love to see the process with the linoleum cuts and watercolor. The lines are so sharp and the colors are so vibrant. You are such a wonderful talented artist. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you, Judy. Many of my books, including both Baby Bear books and the one I am currently at work on, are done in linoleum block print and watercolor. I’ll post something soon with a closer look at the process. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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