This First Thanksgiving Day: A Counting Storyby Laura Krauss Melmed, Mark Buehner (Illustrator)
This rollicking counting story celebrates the very first Thanksgiving Day with vibrant illustrations and lively verse. Follow the Pilgrim and Wampanoag friends as they prepare for a great feast, and along the way look for the bold turkey on every page and for the very sharp of eye, there are all sorts of/b>/center>
This rollicking counting story celebrates the very first Thanksgiving Day with vibrant illustrations and lively verse. Follow the Pilgrim and Wampanoag friends as they prepare for a great feast, and along the way look for the bold turkey on every page and for the very sharp of eye, there are all sorts of surprises hidden in the art!
- HarperCollins Publishers
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- 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.00(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Laura Krauss Melmed is author of Capital! Washington D.C. from A to Z and New York, New York! The Big Apple from A to Z, also illustrated by Frané Lessac; I Love You As Much . . . , illustrated by Henri Sorensen; and the critically acclaimed The Rainbabies, illustrated by Jim LaMarche. She lives with her husband in Washington, D.C.
Marl Buehner has six little pilgrims of his own in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he lives with his wife, Caralyn, and their children: Heidi, Grant, Sarah, Samuel, Laura, and Jake. Mark has illustrated many wonderful children's books, including I Am the Cat by Alice Schertle and Harvy Potter's Balloon Farm by Jerdine Nolen.
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As a children's librarian, I have to read a lot of stories to kids and I am always looking for stories that keep even the littlest child's attention. This one is great because the kids can count along, the rhyme scheme makes it a really smooth read and there are animals hidden on each page including a turkey! Needless to say, this one gets pulled out for preschool EVERY year.
I bought this book to read with my four year old great-grandson. It is excellent for this age group, because aside from the counting story there are things hidden in the pictures that he had fun finding. He enjoyed it.
I chose this book for my first grade class library as a read-aloud because the Thanksgiving elements are based on what life may have really been like for the early Pilgrims without resorting to cartoon-like images. I was especially looking for references to the Native Americans tribes who actually interacted with the new immigrants and also to the ways in which they were able to mutually survive and prosper. The need to survive is missing from many Thanksgiving stories, and too many times the Native American references are stereotyped. This book could serve as the basis for a thematic unit on either Native Americans or life in the early colonies.
In reading this, I am captivated by the illustrations more than the writing. Mark Buehner, the illustrator, drenches the two-page spreads in warm autumnal hues: rusts, browns, and honey colors. We see falling leaves, and dozens of frisky woodland creatures jumping about the pages. The kids are happy, well fed, and playful as children should be. The colors are bright, bold and appeal to the eye. Melmed's writing's a little forced in places, and I get caught up on a few of the verses when reading aloud. I'm not sure if it's the writing, or my delivery, but it's annoying. The First Thanksgiving Day: A Counting Story is a short book. It takes a little over a minute to read, but the artwork enthralls little ones, especially when they realize there's all sorts of hidden surprises. There's a well-hidden turkey on nearly every page, and it's fun to seek for him. Children will enjoy counting all the animals, or if they look further, they might detect some prehistoric creatures blended into the scenes as well. This book is recommended to children 3 to 8 years, but I say 2 to 6 is more accurate. I did have to explain a few things to him like why the Wampanoag are hunting rabbits, and why they are weaving cattail reeds. He thought they were making baskets out of cat tails, and this upset him. The illustrations are beautiful, and the hide-and-seek qualities are a blast. Overall, The First Thanksgiving Day: A Counting Story is an enjoyable holiday read.