Since we’ve been reading and learning about the Pilgrims and their first Thanksgiving, we’ve come across some books that we’ve really enjoyed and have made some of them our own because they are ones we will read every year in years to come. I love books like that!
We use living literature, good quality books, to learn about a specific era in time. The stories may not be 100% factual, but you can still learn about people and the way they lived through a really go story. Here’s my list, in no particular order…
One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims by B. G. Hennessy
Three Young Pilgrims by Cheryl Harness
Off to Plymouth Rock by Dandi Daley Mackall
The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh
Squanto and the First Thanksgiving by Joyce K. Kessel
Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving by Joseph Bruchac
The Plymouth Thanksgiving by Leonard Weisgard
Individually, these books are great. Together, they bring the story of Thanksgiving to life. It’s not all about the turkey, stuffing and pernil. It’s also about the reasons why the Pilgrims left England and took the incredibly difficult journey to a foreign land and what lead up to their three day celebration of thanks to God. I know my perspective on Thanksgiving dinner is going to be a little different this year.