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Holidays around the World: Celebrate Thanksgiving with Turkey, Family, and Counting Blessings

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Thanksgiving is the original American holiday. When the Pilgrims sat down to give thanks for the hard-won bounty of their new world, they continued a Native American tradition that would become a focal point in the calendar of all generations of Americans to come.

The author relates this holiday to the harvest festivals celebrated by thankful believers of many faiths all over the globe. The books stunning pictures show the celebration in its historical and cultural aspects, and ...

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Overview

Thanksgiving is the original American holiday. When the Pilgrims sat down to give thanks for the hard-won bounty of their new world, they continued a Native American tradition that would become a focal point in the calendar of all generations of Americans to come.

The author relates this holiday to the harvest festivals celebrated by thankful believers of many faiths all over the globe. The books stunning pictures show the celebration in its historical and cultural aspects, and the back matter contains a delicious Thanksgiving recipe, a glossary, and a useful list of holiday references and resources.

Dr. Elizabeth Pleck gives readers, parents, and teachers an historical and cultural background to this unique American tradition in her informative note.

National Geographic supports K-12 educators with ELA Common Core Resources.
Visit www.natgeoed.org/commoncore for more information. 

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Children's Literature - Melissa Stickles
As part of the "Holidays Around the World" series by National Geographic, the author Deborah Heiligman, along with her consultant Dr. Elizabeth Peck, presents the reader with a historic background of the famous holiday and how harvest celebrations are practiced by many people of many different religious and cultural backgrounds throughout the world. This is a great text for studying Native American culture, the survival of the pilgrims, and why the holiday known today as Thanksgiving is considered to be one of the busiest for traveling in America. Beautifully presented with rich and lively photographs, this book brings to life traditional harvest celebrations by families all over the globe. From the very first Thanksgiving feast held in 1621, to the modern-day Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the author successfully demonstrates that being with family, sharing the bounty, giving thanks, and counting blessings all serve to be a common theme no matter where you celebrate a bountiful harvest around the world. Reviewer: Melissa Stickles
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Gr 1–3
These titles balance historical perspective with contemporary cultural significance in describing the holidays. Diwali focuses on the Hindu celebration in India but mentions observance by the Sikh and Jain faiths and also shows customs in four other countries. All texts capture well the spirit of the holidays, conveying in Ramadan , for example, the holy purpose of fasting and the shared joy in feasting. While the first-person plural texts create a mostly inclusive tone, they present Native Americans as "other" by using the third person to explain that Thanksgiving is a day of mourning for some Indians whereas others hold ceremonies of thanks. Each spread features up to three high-quality color photographs, a paragraph of body text, and a line of much larger text that creates a focal point and supports contextual understanding. Many cultures are represented through photos and captions, including five continents in Ramadan . Each book includes a map showing where the photos were taken, along with extras such as games, recipes, a prayer, or historical time lines, and ends with a page of additional cultural and historical information for adults. These visually appealing volumes would update any multicultural or holiday collection. Consider Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith's Celebrating Ramadan (Holiday House, 2001) and Laurie Halse Anderson's Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving (S & S, 2002) as companions.
—Julie R. RanelliCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792259299
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 10/10/2006
  • Series: Holidays Around the World Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.72 (w) x 10.36 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Heiligman is the award-winning author of 15 children's books. She specializes in simplifying complex subjects for young people, particularly in the areas of science and social studies. She lives in New York City.
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