The Witch of Blackbird Pond is my favorite book; I’ve read it 11 times. At the end of each reading, I’m left wanting more. This can’t be the final word in the world of Kit Tyler’s New England! So I’d wait patiently for time to pass and eventually, the urge to re-read the book emerges again. This urge may be stirred by a fond childhood memory of reading the book for the first time or a chill in the crisp October air that brings back a specific sensory detail from Elizabeth George Speare’s prose. Whatever the reason may be, I can’t bear to see the story end. I’m searching for something in each re-reading: maybe there is a detail I’ve missed, maybe there’s something more to a character that I’ve previously overlooked, and maybe, just maybe, I’ll find an answer. An answer to what? What exactly am I looking for? The meaning of life?
As you’ve probably guessed, someone who loves a book enough to read it 11 times would have Googled “The Witch of Blackbird Pond” more than once. I regret to report that the internet carries no interesting information regarding the book. Other than one of two insightful Amazon.com reviews, I’m left unsatisfied. Because The Witch of Blackbird Pond is considered children’s literature, it doesn’t lend itself to literary analysis. There is one JSTOR article on the web–an article so dry I felt like I had to drink three cups of water to wash it down.
After years of stumbling upon disappointing Witch of Blackbird Pond content, I’ve decided to provide the content myself. I’m going to embark on a mission to be the most comprehensive Witch of Blackbird Pond site on the web. The first project on my list: a chapter by chapter analysis. Don’t flinch when I say “analysis.” This is The Lit Connection, not the New Yorker. A chapter by chapter analysis “The Lit Connection way” usually means an emphasis on what’s fun and interesting. No book reports here.
So join me in my quest to beat The Witch of Blackbird Pond horse to death.