The True Story

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Offers the true story of the origins of Thanksgiving through a review of the first celebration between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621.

McMillan Palgrave

Every year on the fourth Thursday of November, Americans celebrate with a Thanksgiving meal. But what is the origin of this tradition? Did it really begin when the Pilgrims and Native Americans got together in 1621 in Plymouth,Massachusetts?

In her signature narrative nonfiction style, Penny Colman paints a fascinating picture of this cherished American holiday. She examines numerous Thanksgiving claims which were antecedents to the national holiday we celebrate today, raises the turkey question—does everyone eat turkey on Thanksgiving?—and shows Sarah Josepha Hale's instrumental role in establishing the holiday. Get ready to delve into the rich past of Thanksgiving in an enlightening history that uncovers the true story.

Thanksgiving is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Examines numerous competing claims for the first Thanksgiving, including the traditional story of the feast shared by the Pilgrims and Native Americans in 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Paints a fascinating picture of the holiday and its changing meanings throughout American history.
Recounts the origins of Thanksgiving, including the first celebration between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans in Massachusetts in 1621 and other early festivals, the development of the holiday, and ways different Americans celebrate.
Describes the history and activities of the American holiday of Thanksgiving throughout American history.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780805082296
Branch Call Number: JUV 394.2649 Colman 2008
Characteristics: 149 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Audience: Accelerated Reader AR MG 8.6 3.0 126833


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