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How Many Days to America? Book & Cassette: A Thanksgiving Story

Press:Houghton Mifflin HMH Books for Young Readers; Pap/Cas edition (August 28, 2000)
Author Name:Bunting, Eve/ Callender, Josefina (NRT)/ Peck, Beth (ILT)


After the police come, a family is forced to flee their Caribbean island and set sail for America in a small fishing boat.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4-"It was nice in our village. 
Till the night in October when the soldiers came." Thus begins a modern-day exodus story as a Caribbean family joins others in a small boat on a dangerous journey.
Eve Bunting's evocative text (HM, 1988) is read by a female narrator against gentle background music and occasional sound effects.
From a child's-eye point of view, it tells the moving story of people who are willing to give up everything, risk everything, for freedom.
The accompanying paperback book allows listeners to read along and view Beth Peck's beautiful two-page colored pencil illustrations.
This is an unusual Thanksgiving book that can be used at any time of the year.
It reminds us that we have modern-day pilgrims coming to our shores for much the same reasons, and that living in a free land is something for which we can be truly thankful.Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"Bunting’s simple tale focuses on the hardships of the journey and on  the American ideals of freedom and safety. 
Peck’s richly colored crayon drawings yield added enjoyment each time they are perused.
The mood changes from dark shades of desperation during the journey to the lighter tones of joy as the travelers at last find their refuge.
A poignant story and a thought-provoking discussion starter."School Library Journal"A moving fictional presentation of the perilous voyage of a group of Caribbean refugees to this country.
Peck’s beautiful full-color, double-spread illustrations capture the dignity and humanity of these humble folk, the somber night sky, and the sweep of the sea.
A compassionate depiction of the plight of many of our recent would-be immigrants."Kirkus Reviews with Pointers

About the Author

EVE BUNTING has writtenover two hundredbooks for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz. 
She lives in Southern California.


Children's Books,Holidays & Celebrations,Thanksgiving,Geography & Cultures,Explore the World,Central & South America,Growing Up & Facts of Life,Fiction

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Comment List (Total:13)

  •     During our 2nd grade study of immigration, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty, we read this book. The students were amazed to learn that some children had to travel by themselves, with no adult, to a new country. Most of these children did not speak English, either. I believe that all teachers will find this book to be the perfect read-aloud to help students understand immigration on a personal level.

  •     Great condition

  •     Great book for any time of year.

  •     Great Book for teachers or parents to read to children to reinforce the true meaning of Thanksgiving! Worth every penny!

  •     "How Many Days to America?" is the spell binding, heart-breaking story of a family coming to America in search of a better life.

  •     How Many Days to America By Eve BuntingIllustrated by Beth PeckDo you wonder how many days it took this family to get to America?

  •     My students enjoyed the book.

  •     Can you imagine taking a boat ride all across the ocean to the USA? This family in the book How Many Days to America faces a challenge on the journey to freedom. The challenge is the soldiers shooting at them. Will they get out of this mess and get to America? The family is a freedom-seeking family that needs to get to America. They need to escape from the soldiers. The narrator tells us she is in danger when it says "men shot at us from the cliffs". It is the soldiers shooting. This is a clue on her journey to America where they can be "free and safe". How Many Days to America is a book about a family that faces robbing pirates, whales, and soldiers on their boat journey to America.By Elijah

  •     Great twists in this story! Wonderful to read to students!

  •     Used this book every year when I was a grade school librarian. Want to share it with the public library story time now. As pertinent as ever.

  •     If you want your students to understand the diversity of the Thanksgiving experience for so many Americans, this is a great picture book that helps cover this amazing concept.

  •     Good

  •     Good stiry


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