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The Very First Thanksgiving Day

Press:Simon & Schuster Atheneum Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (October 1, 2002)
Author Name:Greene, Rhonda Gowler/ Gaber, Susan (ILT)


From the same team that brought you The Day Jesus Was Born comes a charming story that introduces the Thanksgiving holiday to young readers.This is the food, gathered and blessed, the corn and sweet berries, and wild turkey dressed, shared on the very first Thanksgiving Day. 
Join author Rhonda Gowler Greene and illustrator Susan Gaber on a journey back to the very first Thanksgiving Day, when two societies came together to feast and honor the earth's bounty in peace.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-This rhyming ramble in a "This Is the House That Jack Built" style mentions Thanksgiving at the beginning and the end as a tidy place to tuck in helpful Indians, Pilgrim houses, the harbor, the Mayflower, the ocean, the land the Pilgrims came from (no name mentioned), and the "big rock" on the shore where they landed. 
Pleasing acrylic paintings lift the pedestrian text from adequate to engaging.
With six "this" and three "these" totally dependent on the pictures, it is fortunate that the selective realism of Gaber's acrylic paintings is up to the task.
In addition, effective use is made of the double-page, full-page, and spot formats.
Author and illustrator notes explain the choice of Indian in the text and elaborate on the first celebration of this holiday.
(Though the author states that it "lasted three days" in her notes, it is only the "very first" day that she addresses.) While lacking the depth and detail of other picture books on the topic, this title is clearly intended for the very young.Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WACopyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"Definite kid appeal." -- Horn Book"Breathtaking paintings." -- Publishers Weekly

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Susan Gaber has illustrated a number of picture books, including When Winter Comes, The Stable Where Jesus Was Born, and The Very First Thanksgiving Day. 
She lives with her family in Huntington, New York.Rhonda Gowler Greene is a former schoolteacher and a full-time writer.
She is the author of The Stable Where Jesus Was Born, Barnyard Song, and Eek! Creak! Snicker, Sneak.
She celebrates Thanksgiving with her family West Bloomfield, Michigan.


Children's Books,Holidays & Celebrations,Thanksgiving,Literature & Fiction,Historical Fiction,United States,Colonial,Growing Up & Facts of Life,Friendship, Social Skills & School Life,Friendship

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Comment List (Total:14)

  •     Love it!

  •     This is a simply put story in a prose form. It was good for kindergarten and first grade. they enjoyed the repetition and the info they learned.

  •     This is a beautifully illustrated picture book for young children about the original Thanksgiving feast for the pilgrims and indians (the author's preferred term based on historical precedence, as she explains in the Foreword). The text is placed into a gentle rhyme that takes us back to the landing at Plymouth rock, where a series of lovely paintings then depict the people's lives in their village by the harbor that first year.It is obvious that the illustrator put a lot of careful attention into researching for historical accuracy. This is a teaching technique that is particularly effective for an age group in which a picture is truly worth a thousand words. Although hardships and struggles are hinted at in both rhyme and painting, the real focus is on the positive relationship between the two peoples as the Indians helped the Pilgrims adapt to their new home.The only caveat -- for christians and anyone who is a monotheist -- is that this book nowhere mentions God, who is after all the reason for this holiday. It is a significant historical fact that the Pilgrims fled England due to religious persecution, and that this first Thanksgiving Feast was in Giving Thanks to God for His blessings and bounty. Later, Abraham Lincoln officially pronounced Thanksgiving as the last Thursday in November and reaffirmed that it was a holiday specifically set aside to revere God. So, the author's careful avoidance of this fact is a disappointment to me.But if you are more on the politically correct side, you will find this book to be a perfect introduction to Thanksgiving for your children.

  •     This book offers a lovely introduction to the Thanksgiving holiday that even the youngest viewers can grasp. Gaber's rich paintings convey a surprising amount of emotion .

  •     Excellent tool for teaching & discussing Thanksgiving with young children.

  •     This book has serene artwork and well chosen script for a child to understand and remember. It is historically correct as well!!

  •     This book is beautifully illustrated. I bought this book for my 4 year old granddaughter. The story ryhme is repeated on each page and became boring and left us wanting to know...

  •     Great illustrations. Good story to introduce young readers to the First Thanksgiving. Easy to read aloud.

  •     My husband teaches second through seventh grade Special Needs students. This book is informative and east to read without demeaning the older students

  •     great

  •     This is my favorite children's Thanksgiving book. Teaches the origins of the holiday, in a unique way.

  •     Great condition!!

  •     Children liked it.

  •     I am starting a collection of holiday books for Thanksgiving. It is really my favorite holiday, and want to find a way to celebrate this each year!


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