How Many Days to America?: A Thanksgiving Story

How Many Days to America?: A Thanksgiving Story


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After the police come, a family is forced to flee their Caribbean island and set sail for America in a small fishing boat.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780395547779
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/01/1990
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 138,594
Product dimensions: 8.81(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.16(d)
Lexile: 580L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Eve Bunting has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall, Fly Away Home, and Train to Somewhere. She lives in Southern California.

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"A moving fictional presentation of the perilous voyage of a group of Caribbean refugees to this country." Kirkus Reviews with Pointers

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How Many Days to America?: A Thanksgiving Story 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
cgammerman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great book to read to students so they can understand the struggles faced by those coming to America. This will help them to appriciate our country and help them to learn about different cultures. 1st and 2nd graders would understand this book and it would be easy for them to read and comprehend.
lisab818 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A family is forced to leave their home and escape to America. They crowd on a boat with many others and after a tough journey, arrive to welcoming hands on Thanksgiving Day. Written from a child's point of view, the book helps the reader understand how a child might feel as they illegally immigrate via water.
bamabreezin4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book as a lesson about being a refugee from the point of view of a child who is one himself. It's written simply enough for kids to understand, probably late second to third grade, but is even better for a read aloud. Also, this book brings up the true meaning of the holiday Thanksgiving, which is important for children to understand.
kdcoshatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about immigrants who came to America to escape military rule. This is a great book for children to see the struggle and hardships people had to endure to come to America. It was a long boat ride that took many days. The boat was very crowded and there was no shelter from rain or cold.
klpopwell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book to use when talking about thanksgiving, history or pilgrims. Depecits very well the struggle of the families while they were coming over the America.
HollyRogers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a family that is forced to leave there home and starts there journey to America on a small boat. Faced with hunger and sickness the poeple on the boat encounter many hardships. After a long journey they make it to America welcomed with open arms and food, the family has reached there destination. This book makes the journey that many took to america very real for students and does an excellent job at showing there hardships in an appropriate child matter.I would use this book in a history lesson about pilgrims during thanksgiving time and let the children do a journal write afterwards about how the families struggles made them feel.
nursebecky More than 1 year ago
This "Thanksgiving Story" is a touching refugee story with beautiful illustrations, but this book not what I expected when wanting to teach my five year old about Thanksgiving. The children's book certainly puts a human side to the process of illegal emigration; unfortunately, after having many friends, ancestors, and family who came here legally (as tedious and protracted the process is). As touching as the story may be, it is not the historical story of Thanksgiving.
MrsD123 More than 1 year ago
I used this book to convince my 6th grade students to question, connect and track their thinking while listening to this moving story. Eve Bunting, once again, knows how to make you feel for her characters.
warrenpeace More than 1 year ago
As a school librarian, I used this story for 2nd to 5th grade students as an alternative and modern day version of the story of the Pilgrims leaving England in hopes of improving their lives. Middle School students can also use the book as a basis of discussion on the reasons and difficulty of emigration and refugees. The story describes the difficulty of being a refugee on a small boat leaving for the United States. The writing provides many chances for discussion and reflection on why people leave their native countires to come to America.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is about a poor family that moves to america. Because it was time for war to begin. They traveled in a boat many days, when they touch land, people reseved them and the people showed them thankgiving. I think other people read this book because it is a beautifull story and beautifull ilustrations, and the author really dig hard for this book to get publish. I also want to add that this book can really touch you heart and your feelings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked How Many Days to America beacause it wasn't a long, or boring book. I like the last part when the dad says that they are free and safe.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How Many Days to America is a popualar book. It has great discriptions of America. So, that's why I like this book. You might like it, too!