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One Little, Two Little, Three Little, Pilgrims

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Come along with these Pilgrim and Wampanoag boys and girls to a wonderful harvest feast!

One little, two little, three little Pilgrims
Hunt for ducks, rabbits and geese...

One little, two little, three little Wampanoag
Gather nuts, berries and squash

Everyone has a job to ...

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Overview

Come along with these Pilgrim and Wampanoag boys and girls to a wonderful harvest feast!

One little, two little, three little Pilgrims
Hunt for ducks, rabbits and geese...

One little, two little, three little Wampanoag
Gather nuts, berries and squash

Everyone has a job to do
Before it's time to celebrate!

In B.G. Hennessy's simple, rhythmic picture book, children witness daily life in the Plymouth colony and the village of their Wampanoag neighbors. From planting crops of corn and beans to fishing for oysters, clams, and cod, Pilgrims and Wampanoag work hard to provide for the long winter ahead. Then it's time to give thanks and celebrate! Author's and illustrator's notes provide background for B. G. Hennessy's read-aloud text and Lynne Cravath's engaging illustrations, making this a delightful way to learn history

Counts things associated with a harvest feast in colonial Plymouth Colony, including pilgrims, Wampanoags, nuts, squash, and, of course, turkeys.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hennessy (The First Night) and Cravath (A My Name Is...) use a familiar rhyme to introduce first 10 pilgrims, then 10 Wampanoag, all of them children hard at work and all of them coming together for a feast at the end. Freely rendered, cheerful pictures belie the author's and illustrator's research into the daily lives of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag (e.g., for a spread about planting crops, Cravath shows a Wampanoag boy planting a fish; the informative endnotes include the explanation that the fish served as a type of compost). A spread of "1 big, 2 big, 3 big turkeys," etc., is superfluous, but the final picture of all 20 neighbors resolutely captures the festive and collaborative mood of the holiday. Ages 3-8. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
There are almost as many books listed in the bibliography as there are pages in this small book—a tribute to the extent of research possible even for a simple picture book. The text is a holiday rendition of a traditional children's song, but youngsters learn the name of a specific native American tribe—the Wampanoag—and see its housing, villages, dugout canoes, and the children's games and chores. There is a similar wealth of information in the cartoon-style drawings of the Pilgrim children and their lifestyle. The uniform smile on all the children's faces is frustrating in light of all the detailed bits of information otherwise available in the illustrations. There is enough repetitive language for early readers to feel successful, and there is visual reinforcement for new words like "clams," "beets," or "squash." Overall, One Little, Two Little—good for reading or singing out loud—is a lighthearted introduction to an important American holiday. It should catch the attention of young children at home or in school. 2001 (orig. 1999), Puffin Books, $15.99 and $6.99. Ages 3 to 8. Reviewer: Karen Leggett
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 Using the "one little, two little, three little" format, pilgrim youngsters are shown engaging in a variety of activities such as caring for a pig, gathering eggs, and writing letters on a slate. A larger illustration shows the 10 pilgrim boys and girls in a village scene. A similar pattern is followed for Wampanoag children who are shown separately gathering sticks, paddling a canoe, and gathering berries, with all 10 together in their village. The following pages alternate between the communities depicting everyone with a job to do. Finally, it is time to celebrate and Wampanoags and Pilgrims gather along with one big, two big, three big turkeys for the feast. The children are shown jointly preparing the meal, giving thanks in prayer, and eating. The tone is one of cheerful teamwork and no mention is made of the hardships of the era. Cartoon-style paintings create a playful mood. The author's note gives further details about the food that might have been eaten at the harvest celebration, but it is sometimes difficult to match the descriptions with the foods illustrated. The short, simple text and counting aspects make this dual-perspective account enjoyable to young children. Adele Greenlee, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670877799
  • Publisher: Viking
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.28 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

B.G. Hennessy grew up in Wantagh on Long Island, NY. At the University of Wisconsin in Madison, she majored in fine art and learned how to design, print and bind handmade books. She also took courses in Children's Literature. The combination of form and content in the picture book format fascinated her and after graduation she headed for NYC where she worked for 17 years in children's book publishing as a designer and art director. She is the author of Road Builders and The First Night, as well as many books starring Corduroy, the loveable toy bear created by Don Freeman. She now lives with her family in Arizona.

B.G. Hennessy grew up in Wantagh on Long Island, NY. At the University of Wisconsin in Madison, she majored in fine art and learned how to design, print and bind handmade books. She also took courses in Children’s Literature. The combination of form and content in the picture book format fascinated her and after graduation she headed for NYC where she worked for 17 years in children’s book publishing as a designer and art director. She is the author of Road Builders and The First Night, as well as many books starring Corduroy, the loveable toy bear created by Don Freeman. She now lives with her family in Arizona.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2011

    Recommended

    Great book for counting, my son loved the colorful illustration.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2006

    Adorable Book!

    One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims is a delightful children¿s book for the very young. B.G. Hennessy¿s writing is clear-cut, and doesn¿t overreach, as many Thanksgiving books have a tendency to do. The story doesn¿t mention Thanksgiving, and according to the author notes, this work is not intended to represent the first Thanksgiving. Its purpose is to reflect the daily lives of the pilgrims and the Wampanoag children during the 1600¿s. There is no mention of death, or the hardships the pilgrims endured. This is a pleasant story recommended to the 3 to 8 crowd, but I say children 2 to 5 are more likely to appreciate it. The illustrations are equally delightful, and bursting with color. The text is rhythmic, and entertaining. If you don¿t mind singing the Thanksgiving version in the shower, or when drifting off to sleep, then check it out. It¿s an addictive read, but very effective, and worth a look.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2006

    1 Little, 2 Little, 3 Little Pilgrims

    I read this book for a project in school on stereotyping against Native Americans. I found this book cute, but not very informative at all. It showed the European settler (pilgrims) already knowing how to set traps that originated from the Natives. Also, it showed that women worked more but they all did an equal amount of work. I think B.G. Hennessy had good intentions for this book, but it was not very informative or accurate.

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