The First Thanksgiving

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Beloved author Jean Craighead George traces the passage of time from the melting of the glaciers that created Cape Cod and Plymouth Rock to the moment the Pawtuxet Indians and the Pilgrims met and feasted together. Thomas Locker's luminous paintings give the story a glowing, timeless quality.

"This beautiful book brings fresh insight to the traditional story." (Kirkus Reviews, pointer review)

Describes how the colonists aboard the...

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Overview

Beloved author Jean Craighead George traces the passage of time from the melting of the glaciers that created Cape Cod and Plymouth Rock to the moment the Pawtuxet Indians and the Pilgrims met and feasted together. Thomas Locker's luminous paintings give the story a glowing, timeless quality.

"This beautiful book brings fresh insight to the traditional story." (Kirkus Reviews, pointer review)

Describes how the colonists aboard the Mayflower founded New Plymouth and celebrated their first harvest with a feast of thanksgiving.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
The times that preceded the settlers' first thanksgiving day in North America are brought to life in these complementary versions of the Pilgrims' progress, The first (N.C. Wyeth's Pilgrims by Robert San Souci) is set against the backdrop of murals painted in 1940. In the second, pages of text alternate with full-page illustrations.
Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
Appealing to the natural imagination, intellect and fairness of children, this stunning picture book account of the history leading to that first feast is unparalleled. Then add to the incomparable narration the oil paintings that provide panoramic perspective on the beautiful land called New England. Honest and packed with well-researched but little known details, this will be the story and these will be the pictures of Pilgrims and Indians, of Squanto and corn and cranberries, that will be recalled for as long as the reader celebrates the occasion.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Artist Thomas Locker's oil paintings are the perfect accompaniment for Jean Craighead George's artful text. The story begins with the formation of Plymouth Rock and continues with Squanto's kidnapping by the English and his eventual return home. He is the hero of this story. Without him, the Pilgrims might not have survived that first winter. The suffering of that first year is vividly portrayed in the illustrations which describe the techniques for planting, hunting, and fishing that Squanto shared with the Pilgrims. A rich edition to our Thanksgiving literature. 1996 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-- George's consummate skill as a storyteller takes what could have been ``just another'' Thanksgiving book and raises it above the mundane. Beginning ``in a time so long ago that only the rocks remember,'' she focuses on Plymouth Rock, a 200-ton boulder of Dedham granite, as the loom upon which to weave the heroic and tragic tales of the people who settled this land. The storytelling is direct, filled with details, and firmly grounded in place and time. Quickly drawn but very effective portraits of the times and the people heighten the presentation. Squanto's tragedy is movingly sketched. Readers will not miss the ironic contrast between the fate of the native population and those who came seeking a freer, more tolerant life, but George does not belabor the point, letting the events of history subtly underscore the irony. Locker is at his best with panoramic landscapes--the icy desolation of the melting glaciers; the storm-tossed ship on the ocean voyage; and the isolation of the place where the Pilgrims must bury their dead under cover of darkness, lest the ``savages'' know how many of them died. For all their attractiveness, however, the illustrations fail to match George's strong narrative with equal visual strength. The panoramic view distances readers from the events, softening the impact of the physical hardships and emotional pain inherent in the story. Whatever its minor flaws, though, this is a book most libraries will want to add to their collections. --Linda Boyles, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698113923
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 465,359
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.06 (w) x 6.62 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2000

    Well-written, beautifully illustrated book

    This book, The First Thanksgiving caught my eye from the beautiful artwork on each page. It also tells stories of Squanto's kidnapping & slavery by Englishmen before the Pilgrims, the history of Plymouth Rock, and the Pilgrims starvation, down to 5 kernels of corn per person. Gov. William Bradford invited Squanto, Massasoit and a few friends to the feast. The Indians brought 90 friends! A great book

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