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Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Holiday Shelf: Thanksgiving

If You Were At . . .
The First Thanksgiving
by Anne Kamma
illustrated by Bert Dodson

Nobody went to church on the First Thanksgiving, because a harvest festival wasn't a religious holiday.  In fact, the Pilgrims never called it "Thanksgiving" at all.  They just called it a harvest festival.  If you had said "Happy Thanksgiving" to the Pilgrims, they wouldn't have known what you were talking about.

Merry Thanksgiving
by Natasha Wing
illustrated by Isidre Mones

Today Joey was making the most important list of all -- his Christmas list. 

He found a piece of paper on his mother's desk and wrote everything down.

"It's not even Thanksgiving yet," said Mrs. Melvin.

"I want to send it early so Santa doesn't forget to put everything in his sack," said Joey.  "Last year he forgot the ant farm."

Milly and the Macy's Parade
by Shana Corey
illustrated by Brett Helquist

"What's wrong?" asked Milly.

"I miss our holidays back home," said Papa.  "I love America, but everything here feels different."

My Book of Thanks
by B. G. Hennessy
illustrated by Hiroe Nakata

Thank you for my friends.

Help me to comfort those who are lonely.

The Pilgrims at Plymouth
by Lucille Recht Penner
illustrated by S. D. Schindler

Every inch of space on the Mayflower was crammed with the supplies and mementos its passengers were bringing from their old homes in England.

The little ship also held the seeds of the future -- the people whose dreams, courage, and hard work would create a new home and a new country far across the vast ocean.

Saying Grace
by Virginia Kroll
illustrated by Timothy Ladwig

When harvest time came, everyone helped with the picking, plucking, heaving, hauling, peeling, cooking, canning, and storing.

Mrs. Oates's son Benjamin brought back a wife named Abigail who told about a custom that had started in her settlement: Once a year everyone came together from miles around to share a harvest feast.  Grace's neighbors liked that idea and set a date for their own fall celebration.

The Thanksgiving Story
by Alice Dalgliesh
illustrated by Helen Sewell

After the storm, the sea grew calmer, and the Pilgrims gave thanks to God.  A baby was born to the Hopkins family.  A baby brother for Giles, Constance, and Damaris!

What was the new baby to be called?

Some of the children on the ship had names like Love, Resolved, Humility, and Remember.

There seemed to be only one name for a child born on the ocean.

And so the Hopkins baby was called OCEANUS.

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