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Story of Thanksgiving
     

Story of Thanksgiving

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by Robert Merrill Bartlett, Sally Wern Comport (Illustrator)
 

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Turkey and cranberry sauce. Pumpkin pie. Family and friends around the table. That's what Thanksgiving means to us today. But has it always been this way?Everyone knows that in 1621 the English Pilgrims and the Native American Wampanoags gathered together for a feast. But do you know what they ate and what games they played? And do you know how George Washington and

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Turkey and cranberry sauce. Pumpkin pie. Family and friends around the table. That's what Thanksgiving means to us today. But has it always been this way?Everyone knows that in 1621 the English Pilgrims and the Native American Wampanoags gathered together for a feast. But do you know what they ate and what games they played? And do you know how George Washington and Abraham Lincoln helped make Thanksgiving into the holiday that we know today?From ancient Greece to medieval England to colonial America, people all over the world have celebrated their good fortune at harvesttime. Find out how their traditions have contributed to our modern Thanksgiving. And try your hand at making some delicious pumpkin muffins for your Thanksgiving table!

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Publishers Weekly
Originally published in 1965 as Thanksgiving Day, The Story of Thanksgiving by Robert Merrill Bartlett, with new luminescent pastel drawings by Sally Wern Comport, offers an informative narrative that puts the holiday in the context of a long tradition of harvest festivals before describing the landing of the Pilgrims. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Several excellent new books have been published to provide a look at that first Thanksgiving. Bartlett's story is actually a reissue of a 1965 book. It is the art by Sally Wren Comport that is new. Bartlett notes that people have historically celebrated the fall harvest and the Pilgrims brought their English customs and traditions with them. After the severe deprivations of their first winter, the Pilgrims aided by friendly Native Americas were able to plant crops. By the fall, they knew that there would be enough food to get through another winter. This first feast, a boisterous party included ninety Wampanoags, featured plenty of food and games. The pictures use fall colors and the colored paper backgrounds really make the golds and oranges stand out. 2001, HarperCollins, $14.95. Ages 7 to 10. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-A revision of a standard on many library shelves, Bartlett's Thanksgiving Day (Crowell, 1965; o.p.). Fictionalizing has been eliminated, as has information about the year after the first Thanksgiving. The discussion of Squanto has been expanded to include his capture by English traders, travel to England, and return to the New World. New, full-color, historically accurate illustrations bring the story to life. The words and music for "Over the River and Through the Woods" and a recipe for pumpkin muffins are included. All in all, this is a successful rewrite made more accessible to children of the 21st century.- Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Comport (Brave Margaret, 1999) furnishes bright new illustrations for Bartlett's basic introduction to the holiday's origins and formalization (Thanksgiving Day, 1965). Though it has plenty of competition now, the text holds up well; rightly noting that our Thanksgiving arose through a mixture of harvest festival traditions, Bartlett takes readers from ancient customs, through the first Wampanoag/Pilgrim gathering and the celebration's gradual spread in this country, to its official institution by President Lincoln. The impressionistic paintings feature idealized figures, plus plenty of smiles and food; a song and a recipe for pumpkin muffins close this still-spry assignment title. (Nonfiction. 7-9)
Booklist
Comport's pictures in warm fall colors are energetic and festive

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060287788
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Robert Merrill Bartlett lived in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in a house built in 1660 by his ancestor Pilgrim Robert Bartlett. Ten generations of Barletts have lived in this historic house by the sea. Dr. Bartlett was a Congregational minister, a teacher, and an author of over twenty-five books in the field of biography, religion, and history, including The Pilgrim Way and The Faith Of The Pilgrims. He enjoyed sharing the story in this book with his children and grandchildren at Thanksgiving dinners in his Pilgrim house.

Sally Wern Comport has been making pictures professionally since the age of sixteen. Her images have been seen in the editorial, advertising, and publishing markets worldwide, and her work includes the picture book Brave Margaret: An Irish Adventure, by Robert D. San Souci. She lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with her studio partner — husband and their two daughters, Taylor and Olivia, and she recently completed her graduate education at Syracuse University to further her passion for the art of illustration.

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Story of Thanksgiving 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book tells of the origin of Thanksgiving, how it became a national holiday and more. It describes the pilgrims and their lifestyle and how they were able to survive (barely). This is a great story to read to your clas. It gives the information in a entertaining way.