Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Paperback)
Genre: Fiction - Historical Fiction; Book Themes: Pilgrims and Indians, Thanksgiving Stories
"Thanksgiving on Thursday" by Mary Pope Osborne is an easy-to-read chapter book that makes learning the history of thanksgiving fun and interesting. In their magic tree house, 8-year old Jack and 7-year-old Annie travel back to 1621, the year when pilgrims and Indians celebrated the first Thanksgiving in the New Plymouth Colony. They meet early settlers such as Governor Bradford and Captain Standish, and Squanto, a Wampanoag Indian. The Pilgrim girl Priscilla Mullins takes them home and shows them how to cook a turkey. Their lack of understanding of some of the vocabulary words used by the early settlers makes for a few lighted-hearted moments. When the Thanksgiving feast is over, Jack and Annie return home in their magic tree house. After witnessing the pilgrims' life, they realize they have much to be thankful for. This Thanksgiving story appeals to children in second grade and third grade.
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.