Make the First Thanksgiving Real to Your Children
- Thursday, November 03, 2011
And so their first harvest was good. Governor Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving to God and the Pilgrims invited their Indian friends. Chief Massasoit and 90 members of his tribe came, along with Squanto, bearing venison and wild turkeys for all to share. Together in harmony, the Pilgrims and the Indians feasted, played games, ran races and showed their prowess with bow and arrow and musket.
How thankful were the Pilgrims? The first Thanksgiving took three whole days!
Pass on the whole story -- so your children can tell their children:
Pilgrim Boy, Matilda Nordtvedt, A Beka Books, 114 pages, ages 7-12:
Life in Leyden, the Mayflower passage, first year hardships and the first Thanksgiving feast -- from the point of view of a young boy. Sparkling dialogue, expressive feelings make this a wonderfully readable, historically rich and faith-filled account.
Voyage to Freedom, David Gay, Banner of Truth Trust, 149 pages, ages 9-12:
An historical narrative of the Atlantic Crossing, through the eyes of one family. Their encounters with the actual historical figures provide a satisfying, adventuresome view of the Mayflower voyage, from their first steps aboard to their first steps on Plymouth.
Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving, Eric Metaxas, Tommy Nelson, 32 pages, ages 4-8:
Among many wonderful books about Squanto, this one stands out, showing clearly that the primary player in the Thanksgiving story was not a Native American or Pilgrim, but God.
The Light and the Glory for Children, Peter Marshall and David Manuel, Revell, 174 pages, ages 9-12:
A simplified version of the adult original, this thoughtful text details God's plan for America revealed in its history from Christopher Columbus through George Washington. Questions at the end of each chapter for family discussion.
Sarah Morton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl;
Samuel Eaton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy;
Tapenum's Day: A Wampanoag Indian Boy in Pilgrim Times. Kate Waters, Scholastic Incorporated, 32 pages, ages 4-8:
Authentically designed photos follow each child through a typical day, with a first-person narrative describing daily activities, family life, as well as hopes and fears.
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