In 1993 my imagination was living in Plimoth Plantation.
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.
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.
“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
A wonderful haunting perfume wove, together with allspice, ginger and clove,
When Goody but opened the door of her stove.”
If 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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