Nickommoh!: A Narragansett Thanksgiving Celebration

Nickommoh!: A Narragansett Thanksgiving Celebration

by Jackie French Koller, Marcia Sewall
     
 

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Called Nickommoh, the Narragansett people gather for a joyful harvest celebration as it has been performed since before the arrival of the first Pilgrims in New England. A glossary and author's note traces the connection between Nickommoh and the "first" Thanksgiving. Color illustrations throughout.

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Called Nickommoh, the Narragansett people gather for a joyful harvest celebration as it has been performed since before the arrival of the first Pilgrims in New England. A glossary and author's note traces the connection between Nickommoh and the "first" Thanksgiving. Color illustrations throughout.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
If Squanto (reviewed above) offers background to the Pilgrims' first Thanksgiving, Koller (The Promise, reviewed p. 62) demonstrates that a celebratory gathering to commemorate the harvest, Nickommoh, had long been the custom on these shores. In prose with the cadence of a drumbeat, the author reveals the rhythms of Narragansett life, devoted to the Creator, Kautantawwitt, and punctuated by praise: "They come together, together to give thanks. Nickommoh!" In marked contrast to her usual style, Sewall's (The Pilgrims of Plimoth) scratchboard and gouache illustrations convey both simplicity and complexity. Even as she portrays individuals--men cutting poles for the great lodge, women covering the poles with bark, children playing tug-of-war--her compositions build a unity among the characters. Almost hypnotic in their power, art and text are infused with the communal spirit of Thanksgiving. Ages 6-9. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689810947
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
09/01/1999
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.32(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD820L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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