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Title:
One little, two little, three little pilgrims
Author:
Hennessy, B. G. (Barbara G.)
Publication Information:
New York : Viking, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 27 cm
Summary:
Counts things associated with a harvest feast in colonial Plymouth Colony, including pilgrims, Wampanoags, nuts, squash, and, of course, turkeys.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 50 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 2.1 1 Quiz: 22999 Guided reading level: J.
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ISBN:
9780670877799
Format :
Book

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One little, two little, three little PilgrimsHunt for ducks, rabbits and geese?One little, two little, three little WampanoagGather nuts, berries and squashEveryone has a job to do Before it's time to celebrate!In B.G. Hennessy's simple, rhythmic picture book, children witness daily life in the Plymouth colony and the village of their Wampanoag neighbors. From planting crops of corn and beans to fishing for oysters, clams, and cod, Pilgrims and Wampanoag work hard to provide for the long winter ahead. Then it's time to give thanks and celebrate! Author's and illustrator's notes provide background for B. G. Hennessy's read-aloud text and Lynne Cravath's engaging illustrations, making this a delightful way to learn history.


Author Notes

B.G. Hennessy grew up in Wantagh on Long Island, NY. At the University of Wisconsin in Madison, she majored in fine art and learned how to design, print and bind handmade books. She also took courses in Children's Literature. The combination of form and content in the picture book format fascinated her and after graduation she headed for NYC where she worked for 17 years in children's book publishing as a designer and art director. She is the author of Road Builders and The First Night , as well as many books starring Corduroy, the loveable toy bear created by Don Freeman. She now lives with her family in Arizona.


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Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. Using the familiar childhood rhyme, Hennessy describes the activities of ten Pilgrim and ten Wampanoag Indian children as they prepare for a splendid harvest feast at Plimoth (now Plymouth). The Wampanoag children fish and dig for clams at the seashore and gather nuts, berries, and squash. Meanwhile, the Pilgrim youngsters set traps for rabbits and wild birds and harvest vegetables. The final double-page spread shows the children together, giving thanks as they prepare to enjoy their feast. An endnote from the author answers general questions and clears up some common misconceptions about life in colonial Plimoth. Cravath's colorful pictures depict the busy activities in authentic detail; she also includes a short note that describes her research on clothing, dwellings, hunting methods, and more. With little available on this subject for very young listeners, this attractive book should be a welcome addition. --Lauren Peterson


Publisher's Weekly Review

Hennessy (The First Night) and Cravath (A My Name Is...) use a familiar rhyme to introduce first 10 pilgrims, then 10 Wampanoag, all of them children hard at work and all of them coming together for a feast at the end. Freely rendered, cheerful pictures belie the author's and illustrator's research into the daily lives of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag (e.g., for a spread about planting crops, Cravath shows a Wampanoag boy planting a fish; the informative endnotes include the explanation that the fish served as a type of compost). A spread of "1 big, 2 big, 3 big turkeys," etc., is superfluous, but the final picture of all 20 neighbors resolutely captures the festive and collaborative mood of the holiday. Ages 3-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2 Using the "one little, two little, three little" format, pilgrim youngsters are shown engaging in a variety of activities such as caring for a pig, gathering eggs, and writing letters on a slate. A larger illustration shows the 10 pilgrim boys and girls in a village scene. A similar pattern is followed for Wampanoag children who are shown separately gathering sticks, paddling a canoe, and gathering berries, with all 10 together in their village. The following pages alternate between the communities depicting everyone with a job to do. Finally, it is time to celebrate and Wampanoags and Pilgrims gather along with one big, two big, three big turkeys for the feast. The children are shown jointly preparing the meal, giving thanks in prayer, and eating. The tone is one of cheerful teamwork and no mention is made of the hardships of the era. Cartoon-style paintings create a playful mood. The author's note gives further details about the food that might have been eaten at the harvest celebration, but it is sometimes difficult to match the descriptions with the foods illustrated. The short, simple text and counting aspects make this dual-perspective account enjoyable to young children. Adele Greenlee, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.