James Otis Kaler, known under pen name James Otis, was an American journalist and author of children’s literature, published over the 150 books for young readers. The adventure, patriotic biographies and historical books that had great appeal for boy readers, were intended for classroom use and became the classic of children's education literature.
“Peter of New Amsterdam” is a children’s novel, first published in 1910. The action takes place during the Anglo-Dutch war and the reader learns the story of Peter, an orphaned Puritan living in the Holland who is sent as a worker to New Amsterdam, in the New World. In the words of author, the purpose of this series of stories is to show to children, and even those who have already taken up the study of history, the home life of the colonists with whom they meet in their books.
James Otis Kaler wrote the book in which the real historical events are presented by the side of private life. It may become the good start to acquaintance with American history for your children. Enjoy the reading!