How Many Days to America?: A Thanksgiving Story

How Many Days to America?: A Thanksgiving Story

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by Eve Bunting, Beth Peck
     
 

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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

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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

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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.
From the Publisher
"A moving fictional presentation of the perilous voyage of a group of Caribbean refugees to this country." Kirkus Reviews with Pointers

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780899195216
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/1988
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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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

Meet the Author

EVE BUNTING has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall, Fly Away Home, and Train to Somewhere. She lives in Southern California.

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How Many Days to America?: A Thanksgiving Story 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
nursebecky More than 1 year ago
This "Thanksgiving Story" is a touching refugee story with beautiful illustrations, but this book not what I expected when wanting to teach my five year old about Thanksgiving. The children's book certainly puts a human side to the process of illegal emigration; unfortunately, after having many friends, ancestors, and family who came here legally (as tedious and protracted the process is). As touching as the story may be, it is not the historical story of Thanksgiving.
MrsD123 More than 1 year ago
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.
warrenpeace More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!