How Many Days to America?: A Thanksgiving Storyby Eve Bunting, Beth Peck
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
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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- (w) x (h) x 0.12(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 7 Years
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!