|Celebrate Thanksgiving by Deborah Heiligman|
Thanksgiving began as an occasion to give thanks for
bountiful harvests, but it developed into the ultimate American
holiday. On this day, people all around the country are unified despite
their diversity. Family and friends come together to take stock
of the triumphs and challenges of the preceding year. They also
share traditions that cut across cultures with parades, football games,
and lots of wonderful food.
In this visual odyssey, author Deborah Heiligman takes readers
back in time to the earliest harvest feasts in colonial America and
around the globe. She chronicles the contributions of Sarah
Josepha Hale, the magazine editor who spent 40 years campaigning
to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. And she looks at how today's customs
got their start and became ingrained in our national consciousness.
|N.C. Wyeth's Pilgrims by Robert San Souci|
The adventurous saga of the settling of the Plymouth Colony is
strikingly portrayed in this magnificent book. Spectacular paintings
by renowned artist N.C. Wyeth gloriously bring to life the
carefully researched text by well-known children's book author
Robert San Souci.
The story of the Pilgrims, including the first Thanksgiving, is a
central part of America's history and, over the course of time,
it has taken on an almost mythical quality. Drawing on a variety
of resources, including the author's visit to the Plymouth Plantation,
the text dispels some popular misconceptions about the settling of our
nation as it broadens our understanding of the bravery and
determination of our forebears.
|Mayflower 1620 by Plimoth Plantation with Peter Arenstam|
The story of the ship called Mayflower is deeply woven
into the fabric of American history. This is how it goes: Intrepid passengers
called Pilgrims sailed a stormy sea to find religious freedom in a new
world. Against harsh odds, they carved a little cradle of civilization that
gave birth to a great democracy. Well, that's how it happened, wasn't it?
Or was it? Actually, that's the myth. The real history of Mayflower is a lot
Taking a new look at Mayflower means learning that these seafarers were
not a unified group, that not all of them came to America for religious
reasons, and that their new land was not an empty paradise for the taking.
They did not call themselves Pilgrims. That name, which traditionally refers
to wayfarers in foreign lands, was given them later by historians.
Plimoth Plantation brings this critical and compelling period of history
to life by using careful research of primary sources as the basis of a richly
informative text and scenes recreated by costumed interpreters. Fascinating details
reveal what Mayflower passengers ate, how they passed their
time on the long voyage, and what they hoped and dreamed.
|Tapenum's Day by Kate Waters|
What is the greatest honor a young Wampanoag Indian boy can
hope for? To e chosen to become a pniese, a warrior counselor.
That is Tapenum's dream. But his dream is dashed when other
boys are chosen and he is not.
As Tapenum goes about his day, he can't stop thinking about his
disappointment. But soon, with great determination, he makes a
plan. today he will begin training himself to become stronger. He
will improve his hunting skills and run long distances every day. If
he can become very strong in body and spirit, perhaps he will be chosen next year.
The third book in the trilogy that includes Sarah Morton's Day: A Day in the Life
of a Pilgrim Girl and Samuel Eaton's Day: A Day in the Life of A Pilgrim Boy,
this book explores the life of a Wampanoag Indian boy in the 1620s. Photographed
in full color at Hobbamock's Homesite at Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth,
Massachusetts, here is an intimate and accurate portrayal of native life at the time
of colonization by Europeans.