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Thanksgiving: The true story

Thanksgiving

Publication Type:

Book

Authors:

Colman,Penny

Source:

Henry Holt, Volume 1st, New York, p.149 (2008)

Call Number:

Cubb Curr GT4975 .C55 2008

URL:

http://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/8380608

Keywords:

Notable Children's Trade Book/Social Studies 2009, Thanksgiving Day, Thanksgiving Day--Juvenile literature, United States--Social life and customs, United States--Social life and customs--Juvenile literature

Abstract:

Contents: The "first" Thanksgiving : competing claims -- Origins of our Thanksgiving : two very old traditions -- Sarah Josepha Hale's campaign : "day of national Thanksgiving" -- The "pilgrim and Indian" story -- Gatherings : family and friends -- Activities : good deeds, football, and parades -- Food : turkey and lasagna -- Many meanings.; Summary: Describes the history and activities of the American holiday of Thanksgiving Day.; Summary: 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.

Notes:

"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."; ages 9-12; book level 6.8