The First Thanksgiving

The First Thanksgiving


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The Pilgrims called the celebration the Harvest Feast. 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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698113923
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/28/2001
Series: Picture Puffin Books
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 318,037
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Jean Craighead George (1919–2012) was the author of more than 100 beloved books for young people, including the Newbery Medal–winning Julie of the Wolves and the Newbery Honor–winning My Side of the Mountain. She was a lifetime naturalist and was beloved by generations of nature-loving children. Two of her children, Craig and Twig, helped complete her last novel.

Thomas Locker has written and illustrated many award-winning books for children, including the companion titles Water Dance and Mountain Dance. He lives in Stuyvesant, New York.

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First Thanksgiving 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book, The First Thanksgiving caught my eye from the beautiful artwork on each page. It also tells stories of Squanto's kidnapping & slavery by Englishmen before the Pilgrims, the history of Plymouth Rock, and the Pilgrims starvation, down to 5 kernels of corn per person. Gov. William Bradford invited Squanto, Massasoit and a few friends to the feast. The Indians brought 90 friends! A great book
ecugary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
George's The First Thanksgiving is a great story about the Pilgrim's celebration of the first Thanksgiving. Young readers can learn about the history of the beginning of our country and the interaction between the Native Americans and the Pilgrims. It also tells how they worked together to create the first Thanksgiving feast.The colorful pages that go along with the story add to the attraction of the book. Children will enjoy looking at all the fall colors and images of the Pilgrims and Indians.After reading the book readers can reflect on what they are most thankful for and draw a picture of what Thanksgiving will look like at their house. The pictures can be displayed for open house.
ahernandez91 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The First Thanksgiving about the Pilgrims and how they celebrated their first Thanksgiving. This book is very historical giving true facts about the Pilgrims voyage to North America. I loved that the illustrations and colors are appropriate with the setting and time that the story took place. This Thanksgiving story is very detailed, which most Thanksgiving books I've read are not. This book can be read in a 2-5th grade classroom around Thanksgiving time to teach the history of Thanksgiving and the Pilgrims.
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very good, complete history of the first Thanksgiving and the background. George's book gives details that other Thanksgiving stories might leave out, and gives a very thorough background. It is heavy on text, but complimented by beautiful illustrations.
Gardenseed More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully illustrated and well written book by the beloved author of The Island of Blue Dolphins., My Side of the Mountain, and other books. In this book the author covers more events than are depicted in most picture books for young children about the pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving.  Enjoy!