Thanksgiving Is...

Thanksgiving Is...

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by Gail Gibbons
     
 

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Thanksgiving is turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. It is parades with giant balloons. It is a holiday for remembering the Pilgrims and the Indians they met. Most of all, it is a time to share with family and friends, and a time to give thanks for many blessings.  See more details below

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Thanksgiving is turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. It is parades with giant balloons. It is a holiday for remembering the Pilgrims and the Indians they met. Most of all, it is a time to share with family and friends, and a time to give thanks for many blessings.

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In this bountiful Thanksgiving offering, Gail Gibbons walks young readers through the entire history of harvest celebrations, from ancient Egyptian times to the Pilgrim and Indian Thanksgiving of 1621 (which lasted three days!) A cornucopia of fun.
Children's Literature
In a simple text of two or three lines per page, Gibbons presents clear and concise explanations of the American Thanksgiving. Beginning with the date for the celebration, she then goes back to the traditions of early harvest festivals, followed by information about the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving. When it became a holiday, its symbols and the variety of ways in which people spend the day conclude the book. There is a very brief mention of the date for the Canadian Thanksgiving. The illustrations show families and friends together, the seventeenth century Pilgrims in their colony, their interaction with the American Indians ,and the twenty-first century Americans in various activities. A joyous explanation of the holiday that will brighten the collection of Thanksgiving books. 2004, Holiday House, Ages 5 to 8.
—Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-This cornucopia of all things Thanksgiving has abundant enough information for young readers without overwhelming them. Placing the holiday in the context of harvest festivals throughout time, Gibbons tells the story of the Pilgrims, their Native American friends, and the first Thanksgiving with minimal text and colorful illustrations that supply further details. Much of the book is devoted to contemporary celebrations with scenes showing activities that will be familiar to many children. Each of these snapshots begins "Thanksgiving is-" and lap readers and storytime participants will quickly supply the simple responses.-Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823419791
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
132,279
Product dimensions:
9.28(w) x 9.58(h) x 0.02(d)
Lexile:
AD730L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Gail Gibbons has written and illustrated many highly regarded nonfiction books, including "The Pumpkin Book, Apples, Bats, and Halloween Is...," which Kirkus Reviews praised as "a treat."

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Thanksgiving Is... 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
LoveHistoryVA More than 1 year ago
Thanksgiving is a truly American holiday and Gail Gibbons with her chatty text and beautiful illustrations has created a wonderful book for children. Whether they read it themselves or cuddle up with a grown up, the book is a great teaching tool about harvest festivals in general and our own American version of the holiday.
nyteacher More than 1 year ago
As with all Gail Gibbons books the illustrations are excellent. This book is very informative, and it is written in language that is understood by children. It offers different perspectives on Thanksgiving, and an explanation of the various traditions. I highly recommend it. You will never go wrong with a book written by Gail Gibbons!