Stephen of Philadelphia: A Story of Penn's Colony

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Fifth in LBC's Colonial America series. Best for children 7-9.

The purpose of the stories in the Colonial America Series is to show children the home life of the colonists with whom they meet in their books, while describing the daily life of those people who conquered the wilderness whether for conscience sake or gain.

Print version: 144 pages, soft cover
Digital version: direct download
Author: James Otis


From Stephen of Philadelphia...

“I HAD JUST TURNED TWELVE, in the year of grace 1681, when my father took me to London...William Penn had become a Friend, or Quaker, and my father was also of the same faith. It had been made know to Penn that those Englishmen who wanted to make homes for themselves in America, where no man should be able to wrong them because of being Friends, could have land at the rate of forty shillings for an hundred acres.”

Twelve-year old Stephen and his family travel from England with other Quakers in 1681 to help build Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love. In the new land Stephen learns the trials and adventures of life on the frontier, including encounters with Indians.

Also in the Colonial America Series by James Otis

  • Richard of Jamestown

  • Mary of Plymouth

  • Peter of New Amsterdam

  • Ruth of Boston

  • Calvert of Maryland