The Book: Finding Providence: The Story of Roger Williams
The Author: Avi
The Illustrator: James Watling
The Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
The Genre: Historical Fiction
The Number of Pages: 48
The ISBN#: 0-06-025294-4
Recommended for: Grades 3 and 4
Ever wonder how the city of Providence, Rhode Island got its name? Finding Providence: The Story of Roger Williams answers that question in five short, easy-to-read chapters.
In the year of 1635, Roger Williams is put on trial for preaching "dangerous ideas", such as separation of church and government and fair treatment of the Indians.
A friend comes in the night to warn Roger he's been found guilty and that the judge is sending him back to England, where he most likely will be jailed or hanged.
Roger Williams bundles up, bids his family farewell and heads out into the cold dark winter's night. He must travel into the wilderness where he cannot be found.
Although Roger trusts in God's providence, it isn't long before he loses his way and runs out of food. Cold and weak, he falls asleep in the hollow of a tree and when he wakes up a man appears before him. Is the man hunting Roger or is he playing a part in God's providential plan?
Thoughtfully written and carefully illustrated, this book explores the struggles of an early American hero who fought for human rights.