Friday, February 27, 2015

TBR Pile: If You Were At the First Thanksgiving by Anne Kamma; illustrated by Brent Dodson


Nearly half of the fifty-two Pilgrims at the First Thanksgiving were children age sixteen and younger. What was it like being part of the historic harvest festival that inspired our modern holiday? How did the children contribute to the feast? What did they wear? Did they have turkey and pumpkin pie? Written from a child's perspective, IF YOU WERE AT THE FIRST THANKSGIVING answers these questions and others about the festival, life in the new settlement of Plymouth, and more. 


Paperback, 64 pages
Published November 1st 2001 by Scholastic Paperbacks

Why I Want to Read This:

Although I sometimes find the Thanksgiving holidays to be a completely weird time in terms of how each family celebrates, I love the way that it stands as a moment in time when two extremely different cultures peacefully interacted despite their obvious religious and political differences. In my opinion, that is the essence of the American dream. We're all different, with different backgrounds, different levels of agreement, yet we all get to live in the same country and attempt to make the dreams of the founding fathers a reality. Given the unrest and misunderstanding of the time period, their coming together was nothing short of miraculous and a good symbol to be followed today.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. (

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