The story of the most truly American holiday and the development of its symbols and legends. "A useful addition to holiday collections." -- School Library Journal
Children's Literature - Mary QuattlebaumThis book tells the story of Thanksgiving in North America. Barth devotes a short chapter each to topics of interest to child readers. There is a chapter on the cranberry and how it got its name, and one on the Indian neighbors and the importance of their help to the struggling colonists. Another chapter highlights the pilgrim children and includes anecdotes about the mischievous Billington brothers. John Billington was lost in the woods for five days and ate wintergreen and partridge berries until some Indians found him. The Indians returned him to the distraught Pilgrims and gave him strings of wampum as a gift. While climbing a tree one day, Francis Billington saw a vast wash of shining water and thought he had sighted the Pacific Ocean. The pond he had actually discovered is still called "Billington's Sea." Ursula Arndt's black line drawings, with touches of yellow, meticulously detail aspects of the Pilgrims' life, from their clothing to the appearance of their two dogs.
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