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The First Thanksgiving

Jean Craighead George - 1993
    The Pawtuxet Indians thought of it as the Green Corn Dance. But the first Thanksgiving was much more than that.Join Newbery Medalist Jean Craighead George and beloved illustrator Thomas Locker as they trace the passage of time from the melting of the glaciers that created Cape Cod and Plymouth Rock, to the moment the Pawtuxet Indians and the Pilgrims met and feasted on the bounty of the New World.From the simple text to the lush illustrations, the story of a harvest feast turned beloved tradition will captivate readers young and old."Correcting misconceptions and clarifying contemporary attitudes, this beautiful book brings fresh insight and a fairer balance to the traditional story."--Kirkus Reviews

The First Thanksgiving (Step Into Reading)

Linda Hayward - 1990
    in full color. The story of the Pilgrims is vividly retold in simple language for beginning readers.

The Pilgrims' First Thanksgiving

Ann McGovern - 1973
    Ann McGovern's simple text introduces children to the struggles of the Pilgrims during their first year at Plymouth Colony and the events leading to the historic occasion we celebrate today - THANKSGIVING.

Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving

Laurie Halse Anderson - 2002
     Almost Lost Thanksgiving Yes. That's right! Way back when "skirts were long and hats were tall" Americans were forgetting Thanksgiving, and nobody seemed to care! Thankfully, Sarah Hale appeared. More steadfast than Plymouth Rock, this lady editor knew the holiday needed saving. But would her recipe for rescue ever convince Congress and the presidents? Join acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson on a journey of a woman and a pen that spanned four decades, the Civil War, and five presidents, all so you could have your turkey and eat it too!

T Is for Turkey

Tanya Lee Stone - 2009
    Join in as the elementary school puts on a play that tells the true story of the first Thanksgiving. Rhyming couplets that flow through the alphabet help kids celebrate everything from Harvest to Pilgrims to Turkey.

The Pumpkin Book

Gail Gibbons - 1999
    Award-winning author Gail Gibbons also relates the special role pumpkins played in the first Thanksgiving, the history behind carving pumpkins into jack'o'lanterns, and how pumpkins are still part of our celebrations today. The book features bold, clearly-labeled illustrations, directions for drying seeds, and even how to carve funny or scary faces into your pumpkin (with an adult's help), along with a fascinating section on pumpkin facts and lore. Perfect for aspiring farmers and kids who can't wait for Halloween!

Sarah Gives Thanks: How Thanksgiving Became a National Holiday

Mike Allegra - 2012
    Sarah Hale's inspiring story, accompanied by luscious watercolor illustrations, tells the tale of one woman who wouldn't take no for an answer.

This First Thanksgiving Day: A Counting Story

Laura Krauss Melmed - 2001
    From I dressed in linen to 10 making baskets, this rollicking verse shows Wampanoag and Pilgrim friends preparing for and sharing a wonderful Thanksgiving feast.Vibrant illustrations from critically acclaimed artist Mark Buehner only add to the fun! Count up the rabbits, squirrels, and other small creatures tucked into each scene. Find the bold turkey on every page ... and for the very sharp of eye, there are all sorts of surprises hidden in the art!An entertaining story for children to read again and again, This First Thanksgiving Day will warm and enrich everyone's holiday season!

The Story of the Pilgrims

Katharine Ross - 1995
    From the dangerous voyage across the Atlantic to the first harsh winter to the delicious Thanksgiving feast, all the excitement and wonder of the Pilgrims’ first year in America is captured in this vivid retelling that is perfect for the youngest historians.

Squanto's Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving

Joseph Bruchac - 2000
    He showed them how to plant corn, beans, and squash, and how to hunt and fish. And when a good harvest was gathered in the fall, the two peoples feasted together in the spirit of peace and brotherhood. Almost four hundred years later, the tradition continues. . . .

Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving

Eric Metaxas - 1996
    In 1608, English traders came to Massachusetts and captured a 12-year old Indian, Squanto, and sold him into slavery. He was raised by Christians and taught faith in God. Ten years later he was sent home to America. Upon arrival, he learned an epidemic had wiped out his entire village. But God had plans for Squanto. God delivered a Thanksgiving miracle: an English-speaking Indian living in the exact place where the Pilgrims land in a strange new world.

It's Thanksgiving

Jack Prelutsky - 1982
    Presents twelve poems about Thanksgiving, including When Daddy carves the Turkey, I Ate Too Much, Daddy's Football Game, and If Turkeys Thought.

Johnny Appleseed: A Tall Tale

Steven Kellogg - 1988
    Along the way, he cleared land and planted orchards so he could supply apples to the settlers he knew would follow. When the settlers did arrive, John befriended them, often giving away his trees. Soon he became known as Johnny Appleseed.Legends about him spread quickly: It was said that he slept in a tree-top hammock, that he had a pet wolf, that he played with a bear family. Everyone seemed to know a story about Johnny Appleseed. And even today people claim to have seen him.In vivid prose and magnificent pictures that spring off the pages, Steven Kellogg tells the lively story of a true American Hero.

The Night Before Thanksgiving

Natasha Wing - 2001
    Everyone’s favorite fun-filled, family-filled, food-filled holiday is almost here! Follow along as the feast is prepared, cousins are greeted, and everyone gathers around the table, all with an extra helping of holiday fun.

One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims

B.G. Hennessy - 1999
    In colonial Plimoth, the Pilgrims hunt ducks and geese and dig up turnips and carrots. In a nearby village, the Wampanoag dig for clams, fish for cod, and gather nuts and berries. Finally it's time for the meal. First everyone gives thanks, then it's time to eat and celebrate. The simple rhythmic text and autumn-colored illustrations are just right for practicing counting and sharing the history and fun of Thanksgiving with young children."Cravath's colorful pictures depict the busy activities in authentic detail."--Booklist