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A Pioneer Thanksgiving: A Story of Harvest Celebrations in 1841

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Combining fiction and nonfiction, this dramatic story follows the Robertson family as they prepare for Thanksgiving in the year 1841. As with all Canadian pioneer families, Thanksgiving is a special day for the Robertsons, but this year they have more reasons than usual to give thanks. Each chapter of the story is enhanced by information about the pioneer period and how Thanksgiving was celebrated in the past. Children will learn about the wild harvest, harvest superstitions and how the First Peoples celebrated ...
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Overview

Combining fiction and nonfiction, this dramatic story follows the Robertson family as they prepare for Thanksgiving in the year 1841. As with all Canadian pioneer families, Thanksgiving is a special day for the Robertsons, but this year they have more reasons than usual to give thanks. Each chapter of the story is enhanced by information about the pioneer period and how Thanksgiving was celebrated in the past. Children will learn about the wild harvest, harvest superstitions and how the First Peoples celebrated the harvest. The past comes alive through hands-on activities such as making a corn dolly or learning to play conkers. Historically accurate and beautifully rendered pencil illustrations make this a comprehensive resource for home or school.
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Booklist
Beautifully rendered charcoal and sepia-toned drawings match the story’s setting and provide visual instruction for the enticing crafts, games and recipes.
American Press
Barbara Greenwood’s excellent story, illustrated by Heather Collins’ lush pencil drawings, tells about one family’s Thanksgiving celebration in 1841 ? A Pioneer Thanksgiving can make any autumn day a festive one.
Brandon Sun
t is an admirable and useful addition to the growing store of reliable nonfiction about this era in our history.
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Beautifully rendered charcoal and sepia-toned drawings match the story’s setting and provide visual instruction for the enticing crafts, games and recipes.

A satisfying and well-researched blend of fact and fiction about pioneer life. In this sequel to A Pioneer Sampler, Greenwood and Collins again recount the adventures of the fictional Robertson family, this time as they prepare to celebrate the harvest in the fall of 1841. Three stories are interspersed among descriptions of some on the staples of a traditional Thanksgiving meal of the time, recipes for making some of the food specialties, and instructions for making and playing some of the games. The narrative is carefully crafted to make the experience described equally valid for Canadians and for the residents of northern United States. The Native American neighbors and friends of the Robertsons are referred to as First Peoples, and the specific tribes mentioned as holding their own harvest feasts and festivals include the Iroquois and Ojibwa. The recipes and craft instructions are clear, measurements are given in both metric and U.S. Customary Units, and adult assistance is recommended where appropriate. The pencil drawings support the text and enhance its clarity. This entertaining title offers a different take on the holiday and provides solid information about the history and customs of celebrations dating back to the first North American Thanksgiving in 1578. A welcome addition to all libraries.

Barbara Greenwood’s excellent story, illustrated by Heather Collins’ lush pencil drawings, tells about one family’s Thanksgiving celebration in 1841 ? A Pioneer Thanksgiving can make any autumn day a festive one.

t is an admirable and useful addition to the growing store of reliable nonfiction about this era in our history.

School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-A satisfying and well-researched blend of fact and fiction about pioneer life. In this sequel to A Pioneer Sampler (Ticknor & Fields, 1995), Greenwood and Collins again recount the adventures of the fictional Robertson family, this time as they prepare to celebrate the harvest in the fall of 1841. Three stories are interspersed among descriptions of some of the staples of a traditional Thanksgiving meal of the time, recipes for making some of the food specialties, and instructions for making and playing some of the games. The narrative is carefully crafted to make the experiences described equally valid for Canadians and for residents of the northern United States. The Native American neighbors and friends of the Robertsons are referred to as First Peoples, and the specific tribes mentioned as holding their own harvest feasts and festivals include the Iroquois and Ojibwa. The recipes and craft instructions are clear, measurements are given in both metric and U.S. Customary Units, and adult assistance is recommended where appropriate. The pencil drawings support the text and enhance its clarity. This entertaining title offers a different take on the holiday and provides solid information about the history and customs of celebrations dating back to the first North American Thanksgiving in 1578. A welcome addition to all libraries.-Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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In an appealing amalgam of history, fiction, and crafts, Greenwood (The Last Safe House, 1998, etc.) mixes together a story about a family preparing for and celebrating Thanksgiving in 1841; recipes and graces; instructions for making a basket, corn doll, and weathervane; information about nuts and cranberries; games; and a history of the holiday, with the reasons for the celebration. Collins's drawings perfectly complement this invigorating treatment of history; children are likely to pore over this book for hours, and will want to try out the very accessible activities. This would be the perfect book to have on hand, along with materials for the crafts, for group or family use, to help while away the hours before dinner is ready. (index) (Anthology. 7-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550747447
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Series: History Comes Alive Ser.
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Greenwood is an award-winning author whose books include Gold Rush Fever, The Last Safe House and A Pioneer Thanksgiving. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Heather Collins has illustrated more than 50 children's books, including the My First Look at Nature series and Gold Rush Fever. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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