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  Five Little Pumpkins (Board Books) 

Five Little Pumpkins

Dan Yaccarino (Board Books)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Halloween, Pumpkin

"Five Little Pumpkins", illustrated by Dan Yaccarino, is a good Halloween board book for toddlers. Five little jack-o-lanterns are sitting on a gate and watching the witches and ghost flying by in the sky. Finally the little pumpkins have enough of Halloween fun and roll out of sight. Each of the five little pumpkins has a different expression, and the ghost is cute and not at all scary. Dan Yaccarino's bold and expressive illustrations do a good job catching the spirit of this popular fingerplay.

  Pilgrim's First Thanksgiving (Paperback) 

Pilgrim's First Thanksgiving

Ann Mcgovern, Elroy Freem (Paperback)

Genre: Nonfiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Theme: Thanksgiving Stories

"Pilgrim's First Thanksgiving" by Ann Mcgovern recounts the events that lead to the first Thanksgiving celebration at the Plymouth Colony. In simple text, this nonfiction picture book explains the Pilgrims' historic voyage on the Mayflower, the difficult first winter after the Pilgrims arrived at the New World, the Pilgrims' befriending of Indians like Squanto, the harvest, and the first Thanksgiving feast. The book also talks about Pilgrim children's hard work and their contributions. Detailed illustrations show how the Pilgrims live and work. "Pilgrim's First Thanksgiving" appeals to children in early elementary school.

  The First Thanksgiving (Paperback) 

The First Thanksgiving (Step into Reading Books Series: A Step 2 Book)

Linda Hayward (Paperback)

Genre: Nonfiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Theme: Thanksgiving Stories

The First Thanksgiving by Linda Hayward tells the story of pilgrims in short sentences and simple words for beginning readers. It is a good book for young readers to learn the origin of the Thanksgiving holiday. The easy-to-read nonfiction picture book starts with the reasons why the Pilgrims and other passengers come to America, then goes on to talk about the Mayflower voyage, the difficult first winter, the pilgrims' meeting with Samoset and Squanto, the settlers' peace treaty with the Indian chief Massasoit and the first Thanksgiving feast. The history book ends with President Abraham Lincoln's proclamation of Thanksgiving Day as a national holiday in 1863. Linda Hayward's watercolor illustrations are soft and pleasing. The First Thanksgiving appeals to children in kindergarten, first grade and second grade.

  Molly's Pilgrim (Paperback) 

Molly's Pilgrim

Barbara Cohen, Daniel Mark Duffy (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Historical Fiction; Book Themes: Immigrant Story, Multicultural, School life, Thanksgiving Stories

"Molly's Pilgrim" by Barbara Cohen is a touching multicultural historical fiction story. The main character of the chapter book is Molly, a Russian immigrant girl. Molly doesn't feel thankful as the Thanksgiving holiday comes near. Her third grade classmates tease her for her accents and looks. Molly hates going to school. She wants her family to move back to Russia or New York City, where there are more Jewish families. Miss Stickley, Molly's teacher, asks her to make a pilgrim doll out of a clothespin for the Thanksgiving class display. Molly has never heard about Thanksgiving before. When Molly gets home, her mother offers to make the pilgrim doll for her. To Molly's embarrassment, the pilgrim doll doesn't look like a pilgrim; it looks like her mother, a Russian immigrant. Molly's mother explains that she immigrated to the US for freedom of religion, just like pilgrims. "Molly's Pilgrim" appeals to children in second grade and third grade.

  My First Chinese New Year (Hardcover) 

My First Chinese New Year

Karen Katz (Hardcover)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Theme: Chinese New Year

In "My First Chinese New Year", a little girl celebrates her first Chinese New Year with her family. With colorful illustrations and informative texts, author Karen Katz clearly explains the various Chinese New Year traditions. Children in preschool, kindergarten and first grade will enjoy this lively picture book.

  The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Paperback) 

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Barbara Robinson (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Humorous Stories; Book Theme: Christmas

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" by Barbara Robinson, one of the ALA notable Children's Books of 1971-75, is a humorous Christmas story. The six Herdman children, Ralph, Imogene, Leroy, Claude, Ollie, and Gladys, are the worst kids in town. They bully and they steal. The main characters never go to church until they are mistakenly told that the minister gives out treats in Sunday school. They have never heard the Christmas nativity story before. But when these six kids find out about the annual church Christmas pageant, they bully other children out of volunteering for lead roles in the play. The pageant rehearsals do not go smoothly. The pageant director has to explain the whole Christmas story and the Herdmans have a lot of questions. These children are very interested in the Christmas story; they even go to the library to read about King Herod. All the town people come out to see what the Herdmans will do in the Christmas pageant. They are surprised to find that it is the best Christmas pageant they have ever had. Children in third grade through 6th grade will enjoy this funny and engaging chapter book.

  The Thanksgiving Story (Paperback) 

The Thanksgiving Story

Alice Dalgliesh, Helen Sewell (Paperback)

Genres: Fiction - Picture Story Books, Historical Fiction; Book Themes: Pilgrims and Indians, Thanksgiving Stories

The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh and Helen Sewell is a Caldecott Honor award-winning picture story book about the journey on the Mayflower, the settlement on the Plymouth Colony, and the Thanksgiving feast. This historical fiction book is written from the point of view of one pilgrim family. Giles, Constance and Damaris Hopkins board the ship Mayflower with their parents. The Mayflower becomes very crowded when the other ship Speedwell goes back to England. On the voyage, a baby is born to the Hopkins family and is named Oceanus. The pilgrims endure a harsh winter in Plymouth. When spring comes, the settlers plant crops. Two Indians, Samoset and Squanto, come to visit and help. The Indian chief, Massasoit, promises to be friendly. The story ends with the joyous Thanksgiving celebration. Alice Dalgliesh's texts are detailed and enjoyable. The Thanksgiving Story is a good book for children in kindergarten, first grade, second grade and third grade.

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