Pilgrims

An American Thanksgiving

Everybody knows that the Pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving, right? Well, probably not, but it was the Pilgrims' Thanksgiving that gave us our Thanksgiving holiday as we know it today.

The Pilgrims came to the New World looking for a way to worship God as they wished. They were not Puritans. Puritans wanted to change the Church of England to do away with its bishops but keep its ties to the government. The Puritans went on to settle the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The Pilgrims at the Plymouth Colony were Separatists.

Three for Thanksgiving

Our libraries will be closed on Thanksgiving and the day after, so now's the time to pick up some reading to take you through the holiday. We have many cookbooks to help plan the feast, but of our other collections these three books tell stories especially true to life and true to the heart to help make your holiday a warm one.

This Is the Feast

By Diane Shore, illustrated by Megan Lloyd

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This rhyming read-aloud with lovely pictures tells the story of the thanksgiving feast celebrated by the Wampanoag Indians and the Pilgrims in the New Plymouth Colony.

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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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Squanto's Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving

By Joseph Bruchac

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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.

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Gobble! The Complete Book of Thanksgiving Words

By Lynda Graham-Barber

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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!

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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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Meet Marcia Sewall

Marcia Sewall's name can be found on the covers of tons of classic fiction and folktales in the library. She has a simple drawing style that conveys the rhythm and characters of the stories without overwhelming them. Whether the subject is a family issue such as the death of a loved one (Saying Good-bye to Grandma by Jane Resh Thomas) or something more light-hearted (The Leprechaun's Story by Richard Kennedy), Marcia's drawings give the books a simple clarity.