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The Thanksgiving story
Dalgliesh, Alice, 1893-1979.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [1988]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
A Pilgrim family's struggle to survive in their harsh new homeland culminates in a thanksgiving feast.
General Note:
"A Caldecott Honor Book".
Reading Level:
450 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.1 0.5 125148.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.2 2 Quiz: 29834 Guided reading level: L.
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GT4975 .D3C Juvenile Current Holiday Item Childrens Area-Holiday

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In this festive Caldecott Honor-winning picture book, Alice Dalgiesh brings to life the origin of the Thanksgiving holiday for readers of all ages.

Giles, Constance and Damaris Hopkins are all passengers aboard the crowded Mayflower, journeying to the New World to start a new life. Things get a little more cramped when their baby brother Oceanus is born during the passage. However, when they arrive, there are even worse challenges to face as the Pilgrims are subjected to hunger, cold, and sickness that put their small colony in great danger. With the help of the Native Americans though, they might just be able to survive their first year in this strange land--and have a November harvest to celebrate for generations!

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

Dagliesh and Sewell received praise for the clarity and immediacy of their picture book, a hit of the season in 1954. Today's children, beginners and advanced readers, will value the story about one family's first Thanksgiving in the Plymouth Colony, strikingly present in stylized, naive pictures like colored etchings. Giles, Constance and Damaris Hopkins are aboard the Mayflower, overcrowded when the Speedwell turns back to England. On the journey, the children's baby brother is born and named Oceanus; he will be one of the smallest in the company of settlers who endure the terrible first year in the New World and gather to celebrate the harvest the next November. The story ends with the great feast to which the colonists invited the Indian chief Massasoit, Squanto and their people who had helped the strangers survive hunger, cold and sickness. (58) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved