How Many Days to America?: A Thanksgiving Story

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After the police come, a family is forced to flee their Caribbean island and set sail for America in a small fishing boat. "A moving fictional presentation of the perilous voyage of a group of Caribbean refugees to this country." -- Kirkus Reviews, pointer

Refugees from a Caribbean island embark on a dangerous boat trip to America where they have a special reason to celebrate Thanksgiving.

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Overview

After the police come, a family is forced to flee their Caribbean island and set sail for America in a small fishing boat. "A moving fictional presentation of the perilous voyage of a group of Caribbean refugees to this country." -- Kirkus Reviews, pointer

Refugees from a Caribbean island embark on a dangerous boat trip to America where they have a special reason to celebrate Thanksgiving.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A family flees its native country in a small boat and lands in America on a particularly appropriate holiday; PW called this ``a Thanksgiving story that knows no season or race, but is for everyone all year 'round.'' Ages 3-8. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4 A brown-skinned mother hides her son and daughter under the bed when soldiers come to their home in the night. Afterwards, the father declares that they must flee immediately, taking with them only the things they can carry. Their journey is difficult, and they encounter many obstacles before they finally sight land and are towed ashore by a boat. They have landed in America, it is Thanksgiving Day, and this band of refugees is safe and free at last. Bunting's simple tale focuses on the hardships of the journey and on the American ideals of freedom and safety. She wisely leaves aside the issues of politics in the homeland or in this country. Her prose is poetically spare, as her runaways move ``silently along the secret streets.'' 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. Other titles on this subject that are equally valuable are Barbara Cohen's Molly's Pilgrim (1983) and Gooseberries to Oranges (1982, both Lothrop). A poignant story and a thought-provoking discussion starter. Ruth Semrau, Lovejoy School, McKinney, Tex.
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K-Gr 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 Cahners Business Information.
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"A moving fictional presentation of the perilous voyage of a group of Caribbean refugees to this country." Kirkus Reviews with Pointers
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618040827
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Series: Read Along Book & Cassette
  • Edition description: Cassettes
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 11.82 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

    Excellent Story!

    I used this book to convince my 6th grade students to question, connect and track their thinking while listening to this moving story. Eve Bunting, once again, knows how to make you feel for her characters.

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

    Modern Day Refugee Thanksgiving Story

    As a school librarian, I used this story for 2nd to 5th grade students as an alternative and modern day version of the story of the Pilgrims leaving England in hopes of improving their lives. Middle School students can also use the book as a basis of discussion on the reasons and difficulty of emigration and refugees.

    The story describes the difficulty of being a refugee on a small boat leaving for the United States. The writing provides many chances for discussion and reflection on why people leave their native countires to come to America.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2007

    HOW MANY DAYS TO AMERICA?

    This story is about a poor family that moves to america. Because it was time for war to begin. They traveled in a boat many days, when they touch land, people reseved them and the people showed them thankgiving. I think other people read this book because it is a beautifull story and beautifull ilustrations, and the author really dig hard for this book to get publish. I also want to add that this book can really touch you heart and your feelings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2004

    How Many Days to America?: A Thanksgiving Story

    I liked How Many Days to America beacause it wasn't a long, or boring book. I like the last part when the dad says that they are free and safe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2004

    How Many Days to America?: A Thanksgiving Story

    How Many Days to America is a popualar book. It has great discriptions of America. So, that's why I like this book. You might like it, too!

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