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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.