CRRL Kids: Thanksgiving Stories and Crafts
Annotation:In October of 2000, Plimoth Plantation cooperated with the Wampanoag community to stage an historically accurate reenactment of the 1621 harvest celebration. This book describes the actual events that took place during the three days that the Wampanoag people and the colonists came together.
Annotation:In "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving," Peppermint Patty and friends show up at Charlie Brown's on Thanksgiving unexpectedly, Chuck, with the help of Linus, Snoopy, and Woodstock, shows them the true meaning of Thanksgiving. In "The Mayflower Voyagers," Charlie Brown and his friends show us what the voyage of the Mayflower would have been like and how the colonists settled into their new land.
Annotation:"Grandmother certainly didn't want to ask Mr. Whiskers for Thanksgiving dinner! She was very angry when Maggie asked him. She was even more angry when SOMEONE stole her favorite, secret recipe for cranberry bread! Was Mr. Whiskers the thief?" Read the book and then try the recipe for cranberry bread.
Annotation:When Tuyet finds out that her Vietnamese family is having duck rather than turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, she is upset until she finds out that other children in her class did not eat turkey, either.
Annotation:"To be a human being is an honor, and we offer thanksgiving for all the gifts of life." This prayer of thanksgiving from the Mohawks is an uplifting and beautifully illustrated way to teach gratitude to young children. A copy of the prayer in its original kaniakehala (Mohawk) language is included.
Annotation:Where do the words pilgrim, harvest, and musket come from? What other harvest celebrations are celebrated around the world? Who was on the Mayflower? The fascinating answers to these and other questions are found in Gobble.
Annotation:The people set out in a rickety boat for America because they hoped they could have a better life. No, we're not talking about the Pilgrims on the Mayflower. These modern immigrants come from the Caribbean and arrive on Thanksgiving Day.
Annotation:It's a silly, silly book! The old lady who swallowed a pie, swallowed some cider "that rumbled and mumbled and grumbled inside her" to moisten the pie, the Thanksgiving pie which was really too dry! As the lady eats and eats, she gets bigger and bigger.
Annotation:"After a journey across the Atlantic, the Mayflower's passengers were saved from destruction with the help of the natives of the Plymouth region. For fifty years, peace was maintained as Pilgrims and Natives worked together. But that trust was broken with the next generation of leaders, and conflict erupted that nearly wiped out English and natives alike."
Annotation:Nickommoh was the name the local Native Americans used to describe their harvest feast before the Pilgrims came to their shores. Nickommoh was a time to exchange clothing and food or give them away to those in need. The festival included dancing, games, prayer, song and stays in sweat lodges.
Annotation:The Thanksgiving feast is over. Leftover turkey and pumpkin pie litter the table. Mouse peeps out of his hidey-hole and spots a small green pea. the perfect feast for one mouse. Yes, one green pea, one red cranberry, one plate of mashed potatoes, and one roasted turkey, that should make a very fine feast for Mouse. But can he get it all back to his hidey-hole?
Annotation:This is the story of the first Thanksgiving from the point of view of Squanto. Squanto belonged to the Patuxet tribe. Before the Pilgrims came, he was sold into slavery by English fisherman. When he found his way home, he discovered his people were all but wiped out by disease. Yet Squanto helped the Pilgrims survive in their new land. This is his story.
Annotation:Contents: What is Thanksgiving? -- A national holiday -- Past celebrations -- The pilgrims -- The first Thanksgiving -- Turkeys! -- Thanksgiving dinner -- Thanksgiving songs -- Thanksgiving symbols -- Thanksgiving parades -- Thanksgiving sports -- Giving thanks -- Giving to others -- Thanksgiving in Canada.
Annotation:"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."