Thanksgiving Traditions and History

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

By Charles M. Schulz

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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.

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Thanksgiving

By Lynn Peppas

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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.

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P Is for Pilgrim: A Thanksgiving Alphabet

By Carol Crane, illustrated by Helle Urban

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Looks at the history and lore of Thanksgiving from A for "across the Atlantic Ocean" to Z for the "zeppelin-like" balloons in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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Thanksgiving Is...

By Gail Gibbons

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"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."  [From the publisher's description]
 

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The Mayflower and the Pilgrims' New World

By Nathaniel Philbrick

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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.

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1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving

By Catherine O'Neill Grace and Margaret M. Bruchac

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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.

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The First Thanksgiving

By Jean Craighead George

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This is the true story of the Pilgrims and the native people who met them and taught them their ways. The book has beautiful illustrations.

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Over the River and Through the Wood

By Lydia Maria Francis Child

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Well-known together with lesser-known verses to the traditional Thanksgiving song are illustrated from both Grandmother's and the journeying family's point of view.

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Nickommoh! A Thanksgiving Celebration

By Jackie French Koller

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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.

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The First Thanksgiving

By Linda Hayward

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Young readers can discover the history of Thanksgiving for themselves. A Step into Reading book, Step 3.

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