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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
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
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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Just a little note: I really like that Priscilla was in this story. She and John Alden are actually ancestors of mine, and this story was the first time I got to introduce my son to them. Very cool. ;-) ( )
  ladypembroke | Nov 22, 2014 |
Summary:In this book, Jack and Annie travel back to the first Thanksgiving in 1621. When they get to Plymouth, the children claim they came over on the Mayflower too, even though no one remembers them. However, Squanto, a Native America states that he remembers seeing them run through the town before. The woman who was questioning that seems to accept it and tells the children to hunt for eels, oysters, and fish. Although the children have never done this before, they still try to figure it out for themselves. Eventually, they meet a woman named Priscilla. Priscilla has the children help with the Thanksgiving feast and even though Jack ruined the turkey, she wasn’t mad because so many other pilgrims had so much food. The children were able to spend the day enjoying the food that they had helped prepare. During this time the Governor gave a speech about what they had to be thankful for, a good harvest even though they had a harsh winter.

Review: I thought this book was a great read, especially with helping children understand how Thanksgiving came to be. Therefore, I think the theme for this book is to inform people why we have Thanksgiving and how important it is to be thankful for what we have. The governor stated that they were feasting because they were thankful for a great harvest even though they had a harsh winter. He also explained how important it was for all of the different worlds, the pilgrims and Native Americans, to come together and to help each other out. Thus, I think this book teaches a lesson on how easy some of us may have it and that we have so much to be thankful for. I also think it gives others an insight on what the conditions were like back in the day and how even the children were expected to help gather and hunt for food. Overall, I thought this book was very informative and a fun way to look at history. ( )
  jbaile14 | Nov 22, 2014 |
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 |
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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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