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Hello learned moms!<br><br>
I'd like a book about the historical Thanksgiving for my 5 year old.<br><br>
Any recommendations??
 

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I just took the FIRST THANKSGIVING FEAST by Joan Anderson out of the Library. It is photgrapsh taken at Plymouth Plantation, MA. We are going to try to have a "real" Thanksgiving feast this year....the Pilgrim bread me made reminded me of Polenta though. Maybe not completely "real" LOL
 

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Does anyone know of any childrens books that explain what really happened and why we celebrate TG? I don't celebrate it anymore because I know the truth and I just can't celebrate what it stands for but I want dd to understand that at a kids level and not feed her the party line lie of a big happy peaceful celebration where everyone lived happily ever after.
 

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Thanks zona...I'll look for that one. I'm giving this a little bump because I'd love to hear what people have to say on Satori's question.
 

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I've been pleased with <i>The Story of Thanksgiving</i> by Jean Craighead George, after going through tons of them, and deciding they were all too sugarcoated.
 

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I'm running a how-to article on making an authentic Plains Indian headdress in the November issue of the mag I publish, so I felt it was necessary to note that the Wampanoags (the tribe encountered by the Pilgrims) didn't wear feather headdresses. (I wish someone would explain that to Kindergarten teachers!) That, of course, led me to including a few resource suggestions. To find a list of those, I went to <a href="http://www.oyate.org" target="_blank">Oyate</a>. They list lots of great Thanksgiving books (and many others that they DON'T recommend). Two I found that were rather kid-friendly are:<br><br><i>Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message</i> by Chief Jake Swamp and illustrated by Erwin Printup, Jr.<br><i>1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving</i> by Catherine Grace O’Neill and Margaret M. Bruchac<br><br>
The first is a picture book we happen to own. The illustrations are simple and colorful. Here's an example of the text: "We give thanks to you, gentle Four Winds, for bringing clean air for us to breathe from the four directions." It doesn't actually reference Thanksgiving, but it's a wonderful book and works well for learning about the holiday.<br><br>
I don't actually have <i>1621</i>...., but I looked it up on <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2F0792270274%2F102-8336936-6920131%3Fv%3Dglance%26n%3D283155%26n%3D507846%26s%3Dbooks%26v%3Dglance" target="_blank">Amazon</a>. It's a photo essay filled with pictures of actors from Plimoth Plantation. The <i>School Library Journal</i> says, "While debunking the Thanksgiving story as it is most frequently told, this recounting in no way detracts from the historical importance of the holiday." I'm planning on ordering this one soon. It looks wonderful! They put the reading level at grades 3-5.<br><br>
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I MAY BE WRONG about all of this, but...<br><br>
Although people seem to focus on the "first" Thanksgiving now, it wasn't always that way. There have been other national days of thanksgiving for different reasons, commonly for surviving a difficult trial -- for example, a disease epidemic. I think we had a national day of thanksgiving after a war -- the civil war, perhaps? (I am not fact checking, here, so feel free to correct me!)<br><br>
In any case, I choose to celebrate it as a day to set aside to be especially mindful of all I have to be thankful for, and I focus my children's activities on that, not on the Mayflower, etc., which is well covered through regular explorations of history.<br><br>
But if you wanted to be historical on Thanksgiving, you could investigate those other times of national (or state?) thanksgiving, before it became regulated/ritualized.<br><br>
--LL
 

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We own <i>1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving</i>, and I would definitely recommend it. I was looking for just such a book, a book that explains why the Thanksgiving story is really a myth. This book fits the bill.<br><br>
As far as actually celebrating Thanksgiving, we have always told our kids that the "Thanksgiving story" is not true but it is nice to have a day that we can think about what we are thankful for. I have had to get after the storytime librarians about reading books that talk about eating dead birds, too. Being the people we are, all these American cultural holidays can be very hard to celebrate, but we decided to be straight with our kids about what the holiday stories are and thell them why they are untrue or things that we don't believe but use the time to get together with family and loved ones anyway.<br><br>
Namaste!
 
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