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Thanksgiving: The True Story author Penny Colman shares her favorite Thanksgiving books!



by Penny Colman
Henry Holt BYR
September 2008
Every year on the fourth Thursday of November, Americans celebrate with a Thanksgiving meal. But what is the origin of this tradition? Did it really begin when the Pilgrims and Native Americans got together in 1621 in Plymouth,Massachusetts?

In her signature narrative nonfiction style, Penny Colman paints a fascinating picture of this cherished American holiday. She examines numerous Thanksgiving claims which were antecedents to the national holiday we celebrate today, raises the turkey question—does everyone eat turkey on Thanksgiving?—and shows Sarah Josepha Hale’s instrumental role in establishing the holiday. Get ready to delve into the rich past of Thanksgiving in an enlightening history that uncovers the true story.
Franklin's Thanksgiving
by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark, illustrations by Brenda Clark
October 2001

"In Franklin's Thanksgiving, based on characters created by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark, the turtle and his family are disappointed when Grandma and Grandpa can't make it, but they find unexpected fun and friendship as they prepare for the annual feast." —Publishers Weekly


If you like this book, check out:
The Perfect Thanksgiving 
by Eileen Spinelli; Illustrated by JoAnn Adinolfi

Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving Recipes and History,
from Pilgrims to Pumpkin Pie 
by Kathleen Curtin, Sandra Oliver, and Plimoth Plantation
Clarkson Potter
October 2005
"… a charming and informative book …" —Newsday
If you like this book, check out:
by Michael Albert
1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving
by Catherine O'Neill Grace and Margaret M. Bruchac
National Geographic Children's Books
October 2004
"Countering the prevailing, traditional story of the first Thanksgiving, with its black-hatted, silver-buckled Pilgrims; blanket-clad, be-feathered Indians; cranberry sauce; pumpkin pie; and turkey, this lushly illustrated photo-essay presents a more measured, balanced, and historically accurate version of the three-day harvest celebration in 1621." —School Library Journal
If you like this book, check out:
by Penny Colman
Maisy's Thanksgiving 
by Lucy Cousins
August 2006
Today is Thanksgiving Day, and Maisy and all her friends are having a special dinner. There's food to be gathered, vegetables to wash, and a house to decorate with flowers. The table needs setting, a yummy pie needs baking — there's so much to do!
If you like this book, check out:
Over the River 
by Lydia Marie Child; illustrated by David Catrow
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf
by Lois Ehlert 
Harcourt Children's Books
September 1991
"This very striking book examines the life of a sugar maple tree from the point of view of a young child." —School Library Journal
If you like this book, check out:
by Huy Voun Lee

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