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Thanksgiving on Thursday (original 2002; edition 2002)

by Mary Pope Osborne (Author), Sal Murdocca (Illustrator)

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Title:Thanksgiving on Thursday
Authors:Mary Pope Osborne (Author)
Other authors:Sal Murdocca (Illustrator)
Info:Random House Books for Young Readers (2002), Edition: 1st, Paperback, 96 pages
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Tags:CSULB ETEC 545 Class 3, Elem historical fiction, Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving on Thursday by Mary Pope Osborne (2002)




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Another book in her famous children’s book series, Osborne again gears her historical facts to the adventurous minds of a young child. Jack and Annie are at it again when the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back into time to 1621, on the eve of the first Thanksgiving. Upon their arrival, they meet the Pilgrims and Squanto, who asks them to help gets things ready. Although there were some slight mishaps in their preparation, they found the essence of community that made that joyous day great. This is a great way to share with children of all ages, especially for assisting elementary school teachers.
  romeo14v | Oct 27, 2013 |
Still reading along with my nephew. This time they meet Priscilla Mullins and John Alden. The first Thanksgiving was actually a celebration of a shared harvest with the Indians and the Pilgrams. The Indians were kind enough to teach the Pilgrims how to plant corn and pumpkins and how to catch the clams. The majority of the Pilgrims died during the first winter after landing, so this truly was a celebration.

Although Jack and Annie do make a mess of what they are asked to do they do go away with an appreciation of the hard work that it took working together to survive.
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  suefitz1 | Apr 3, 2013 |
Characters: Jack (8), Annie (7), Priscilla, Squanto, Governor Bradford, Captain Standish, Chief Massasoit

Setting: First Thanksgiving on a Thursday in 1621 at Plymouth Bay

Theme: Thanksgiving, the magic of community, be kind to those who feel different and afraid

Summary: Jack and Annie climb to a magic tree house to find a book titled "A Feast to Remember" with a note from Morgan, a magical librarian of Camelot who travels through time and space to gather books. The note hints to find a special magic that turns three worlds into one. With Annie's wish that they could go there, they are whisked to the time when the first Thanksgiving took place, dressed as pilgrims. There they meet historical figures such as Squanto, Governor Bradford, Captain Standish, and Chief Massasoit. With a girl named Priscilla, the children help preparing a feast for 150 Wampanoag men and pilgrims. They don't succeed in catching eels and clams or taking the turkey off the spit, but they try. After enjoying a hearty feast that begun with Governor Bradford's speech which gave thanks for a bountiful harvest after a harsh winter and praised the magic of community that turned "your world, our world, and the world of the Wampanoag" into one, they travel back home with a pouch of corn seeds from Squanto.

Review: It is a great book with which young readers can explore and live vicariously the first Thanksgiving. Students will experience difference in vocabulary, clothing, food gathering and cooking method, and customs. Also, they can compare their lifestyle with that of pilgrim children who usually had a busy, tiring day. Not only does the book encourage good reading habit with interesting plot and engaging characters, it also sheds light on the fact that the 1621 feast was not for giving thanks, but rather a three-day festival celebrating a good harvest. Also, it was touching when Squanto taught the children to be kind to those who feel different and afraid--a concept must be taught especially in California where diversity is ubiquitous and continues to blossom. Furthermore, the book teaches about effectively navigating book with index.

Curriculum ties: Science (weather, growth of plants), history (Thanksgiving and its historical figures, historical background, and origin), language arts (flow chart--how to plant corns, reader's theatre script) ( )
  irachelsweet | Feb 28, 2013 |
Chapter book to be used in a read aloud to introduce Thanksgiving
  sammclain | Nov 20, 2012 |
Summary: Jack and Annie are preparing for Thanksgiving dinner with their family. However, before they can partake in their own traditions, they feel the need to check the treehouse. Of course there is another adventure awaiting them. They are taken back in time to the very first Thanksgiving dinner with the Pilgrims and the Indians. Here they learn about the true value of thanks, family, and fellowship.

Personal Reaction: As one who has read Magic Treehouse Books for years, I especially loved this particular story. I think it is a good way to teach children that they should be very thankful for the things we often take for granted. The writing is good, but simple enough to read to a grade level as low as first grade.

Classroom Extension: I would have students write a short story as if they were a child lving at the time of the first Thanksgiving. I also might try having the students give a short presentation (show and tell included) about what or who they are thankful for.
  karlilov | Oct 21, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375806156, Paperback)

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

It's a time for giving thanks . . .

when the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to 1621 on the first Thanksgiving Day. The Pilgrims ask them to help get things ready. But whether it's cooking or clamming, Jack and Annie don't know how to do anything the Pilgrim way. Will they ruin the holiday forever? Or will the feast go on?

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Jack and Annie travel in their magic treehouse to the year 1621, where they celebrate the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians in the New Plymouth Colony.

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