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by Diane Z. Shore
Paintings by Megan Lloyd
Many myths surround the story of the First Thanksgiving. Ask the children what they know about the First Thanksgiving.
Ask them what they know about the events leading up to this historical event.
voice and pauses to emphasize particular words and story events.
examples of other nonfiction books and discuss ways in which nonfiction books can be useful and interesting.
Stories are fun and playful to read with young children. However, this book is a wonderful example of a type of
nonfiction book that has elements similar to story books. Like many stories for young children, it uses rhythm and
rhyme, and richly painted illustrations rather than photographs to make it more inviting.
meal with lots of food. Sometimes a feast is a time of celebration, in honor of an event or person. This book is about both
kinds of feasts.
As you read the story, incorporate these read-aloud strategies. Mark the pages where you plan to ask questions or have a discussion. Show the pictures, explain words, and ask the suggested questions in the appropriate spots.
This book is told in rhyme. Periodically pause while reading in places where the rhyme is predictable, and allow children to
insert the rhyming words.
place as an act of religious devotion.
from some misfortune or disaster.
A plague is a widespread disease that causes many deaths.
Nuggets are small, solid lumps.
Weary means tired.
A nestling is a young bird not old enough to leave the nest.
A herring is a small fish.
A shallop is a boat (usually rowed) used in shallow waters.
Bountiful means plentiful or lots of.
Sheaves (pl. of sheaf) are bundles or clusters.
Tassels are the small strands growing from the ears of corn.
Pride in this case means pleasure.
A plank is a flat, long piece of wood.
Plodding means slow moving.
Conduct a brief discussion using some of these suggestions:
The journey on the Mayflower and the Pilgrims’ first year in a new land
was an emotional time filled with many new experiences. Ask children
sad, frightened, joyful, weary, etc. How would you feel if you left your
hometown knowing that you would likely never see your friends again?
Ask children if they know what a tradition is. (A tradition is a handing
down of beliefs, customs, etc. from generation to generation. ) Ask the
children to share their own Thanksgiving traditions. How is their
Thanksgiving today similar to or different from the First