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.
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.
"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.
When you are growing up, there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully -- the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equalizer.