Thanksgiving

The True Story

Penny Colman

Henry Holt and Co.

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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.
 
Thanksgiving is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Sarah Josepha Hale’s Campaign

In 1837, Sarah Josepha Hale became the editor of what would become Godey’s Lady’s Book. Under her guidance, Godey’s Lady’s Book grew to have a circulation of   150, 000 readers, an astonishing number at that time.  She used the pages of the magazine to advocate for her “suggestion” that:  “THE LAST THURSDAY IN NOVEMBER shall be the DAY OF NATIONAL THANKSGIVING for the American people.” (She carefully called her proposal a “suggestion,” so as to not seem unladylike.

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Penny Colman

PENNY COLMAN is the author of many award-winning nonfiction books. She lives in Englewood, New Jersey.

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Thanksgiving
The True Story
Penny Colman

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Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies

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Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
September 2008
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805082296
ISBN10: 0805082298
Middle-Grade Nonfiction
7 3/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 160 pages, Black-and-white illustrations
Age Range: 10 to 16
Grade Range: 5 to 11
$18.95
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