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By Jean Craighead George Thomas Locker | Comments: ( 165 ) | Date: ( May 25, 2020 )

The Pilgrims called the celebration the Harvest Feast The Pawtuxet Indians thought of it as the Green Corn Dance But the first Thanksgiving was much than that.Join Newbery Medalist Jean Craighead George and beloved illustrator Thomas Locker as they trace the passage of time from the melting of the glaciers that created Cape Cod and Plymouth Rock, to the moment the PThe Pilgrims called the celebration the Harvest Feast The Pawtuxet Indians thought of it as the Green Corn Dance But the first Thanksgiving was much than that.Join Newbery Medalist Jean Craighead George and beloved illustrator Thomas Locker as they trace the passage of time from the melting of the glaciers that created Cape Cod and Plymouth Rock, to the moment the Pawtuxet Indians and the Pilgrims met and feasted on the bounty of the New World.From the simple text to the lush illustrations, the story of a harvest feast turned beloved tradition will captivate readers young and old Correcting misconceptions and clarifying contemporary attitudes, this beautiful book brings fresh insight and a fairer balance to the traditional story Kirkus Reviews


  • Title: The First Thanksgiving
  • Author: Jean Craighead George Thomas Locker
  • ISBN: 9780698113923
  • Page: 316
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Jean Craighead George Thomas Locker

Jean Craighead George wrote over eighty popular books for young adults, including the Newbery Medal winning Julie of the Wolves and the Newbery Honor book My Side of the Mountain Most of her books deal with topics related to the environment and the natural world While she mostly wrote children s fiction, she also wrote at least two guides to cooking with wild foods, and an autobiography, Journey Inward.The mother of three children, Twig C George, Craig, and T Luke George Jean George was a grandmother who joyfully read to her grandchildren since the time they were born Over the years Jean George kept one hundred and seventy three pets, not including dogs and cats, in her home in Chappaqua, New York Most of these wild animals depart in autumn when the sun changes their behaviour and they feel the urge to migrate or go off alone While they are with us, however, they become characters in my books, articles, and stories.



Comments The First Thanksgiving

  • Penny

    Overall the book was well written and the illustrations are simply beautiful. At the same time, I also think that the book did get a little disjointed. The rush through of Plymouth Rock, for example, and the hasty tie in at the end was a little confusing and didn't seem to belong. The history of Squanto seems only mostly accurate from other books I've read on the subject. This was thrown into it in a hasty way too. It seemed a little confusing and glossed over. Otherwise the book was beautiful i [...]


  • Fjóla

    I chose this book at the library because I was impressed with Thomas Locker's oil paintings which illustrate it. It seems like a more complete and maybe more realistic telling of the history of Thanksgiving than some of the other books we have been looking at. The text is a bit long for a five year old, but one could spread out the reading over two nights. But 7 - 9 year old may be a better target audience for this book. The book is nicely tied together with a depiction of Plymouth Rock.


  • Andrea Hussey

    It was apparent on the first page this was not suited for children. It read like a geography book for much older kids, not young kids with picture books. It was chock-full of information. It went on and on about glaciers and gravel in ice and it being dumped on the New England coast. And Cape Cod being in the shape of a flexed arm. Then, if that wasn’t enough, the glacier deposited boulders on top of the gravel that it had picked up from other places. One such boulder landed in Plymouth Harbor [...]


  • Heather

    At first I didn't know if I'd like this. It looked depressing& heavy based on the cover.When I cracked it open the other day, the drawings looked like ones you'd see from the 1800s, so I thought it would turn out good.I wanted to save this for today, because the drawings looked good. I meant to read this around supper time, or after watching Last of the Mohicans, but we paused and rewound so many times, it ended up taking us around 4 hours to watch! Wanting to read this the day before Thanks [...]


  • Emily Holter

    The first thing that caught my eye with this book are the beautiful illustrations. The illustrator, Thomas Locker, surely did a wonderful job creating a realistic approach. However, as you start to read this book, you quickly realize it is not age appropriate for younger children. I would recommend this book for 4th-6th graders. The story is quite long and the vocabulary is not on a younger student's level. I found this story to be a bit choppy. The story begins with a little history on the Plym [...]


  • Rebecca Ashley Teague

    This book tells the story of the very first Thanksgiving. It incorporates information about Plymouth Rock, the Pilgrim’s journey and arrival in America, how they struggled, and their friendship with Squanto. I felt like it covered a lot and contained a lot of useful information for a children’s book. I would use this book to teach my students about the First Thanksgiving. It is also a great way to introduce young students to Thanksgiving beliefs and traditions.


  • Daleine

    The is a great book to teach children about Thanksgiving. It starts with were the Plymoth Rock came from. It also teaches about Squanto and the Pilgrims. I find it a wonderful way to teach Elementary school age students about the first Thanksgiving.


  • Jana

    This is a well researched and well written account of the first Thanksgiving. Beautiful oil paintings illustrate this nonfiction picture book that gives detailed information about the pilgrims of the Mayflower, the friendship of Squanto, and how they celebrated their survival and good fortune. This would be a good one to share with kids during the month of November.


  • Dolly

    In honor of the holiday, I often try to borrow Thanksgiving-themed books we haven't read yet. And with the Picture Book club discussing them as well in their November 2015 - Thanksgiving discussion, we've discovered several that were new to us this year. At the risk of being redundant, we have begun to dissect the books, looking for differences in the information provided and innacuracies in the illustrations. For the most part, we found this account to be as closely factual to the history as we [...]


  • Jill

    A great review of the first Harvest Feast/Green Corn Dance/Thanksgiving for 7-11 year-olds and their parents. The text is detailed, but I love that about Jean Craighead George. The story began by telling briefly of her perspective of the progress of continents splitting, loam and forests forming, animals populating the land and the first people on the American shores living life until white men came.Squanto's history is also retold and that was perhaps my favorite part. His story as well as his [...]


  • Megan

    This book is a story about the first Thanksgiving, after the Pilgrims had arrived on Plymouth Rock and had survived long enough for the first harvest. It demonstrates how they survived, with the help of an Indian named Samoset. I thought that this book was a little boring for elementary school students. Although it is informative, there are so many words per page that it is kind of a hassle to read. If they are reading a picture book, the illustrations should benefit the text and add too it. Rea [...]


  • Teri

    This is one of my FAVORITE Thanksgiving stories! Love how the story begins with how plymouth rock and how it traveled to it's place via glacier. Lots of depth and breadth for a children's book--which makes it a little on the long side. My only criticism is that the first Indian mentioned by name in the book is Squanto. Lots of other versions of the first Thanksgiving say the first Indian the pilgrims met was Samoset; later they met Squanto who spoke better English. It makes it a little confusing [...]


  • Kathy Roderer

    This beautifully illustrated picture book begins with a description of Plymouth Rock before the Pilgrims came, the setting where the Patuxet tribe lived. The difficult journey of the Pilgrims to America and their hardships are described in detail. With the aid of their Native American friends, the story of how the Pilgrims overcame the challenges of the New World is told. The book ends with the celebration of Thanksgiving, and a note of the symbolic value of Plymouth Rock. This would be an excel [...]


  • Carly

    This is a nice book but it is definitely for the older students. I enjoyed reading it because it has a lot of accurate, historical, facts in it but it is a little text heavy for the younger students. It does a great job of accurately retelling the story of the first Thanksgiving and it has nice illustrations. Older kids would like it because it does have a more mature content level. It would be good to read during a history unit on the origin of Thanksgiving or just a good book to read during No [...]


  • Melanie

    This is a heavy read for preschoolers and kindergarteners. There are great illustrations though and we enjoyed looking at the pictures. I would read some of the text and summarize alot of it for our 3-year-old. It has great factual information about Plymouth Rock and goes back all of the way to discuss how glaciers left Plymouth Rock where it stands today. It has factually correct information about the first Thanksgiving.


  • Christine Hou

    I put this book on my future-to -teach shelf first because it contents, telling us very important Christian festival-Thanksgiving with detailed and kids-should-know history information. I like the way this story develops, using the third person to tell the historical incidents which strengthens the authenticity of history. I am also impressed by the illustrations which use the oil paintings making the visual images very real and tend to more gain kids' attention.


  • Christie rdg3320

    This book would be good for 1st-4th grade. It talks about how Indians first got here and then how the pilgrims came to America. The writing is very descriptive and really tells the story in an entertaining way. It makes it easy for young children to understand. I would use this book in a Thanksgiving Unit.


  • Cathi

    This book is told in a very straightforward manner, and I learned a lot from it (or maybe just was reminded of things I had already learned). However, I wish the writing style had a little more "oomph" and wasn't quite so dry. It's a really good, all-purpose book for young readers, however, so I shouldn't complain. The illustrations be Thomas Locker are terrific, also.


  • Lisa Overberg

    This book is an informational picture book concerning the first Thanksgiving. It is quite long in length and includes descriptive information such as Squanto's origins, the journey of the Mayflower, colonization and farming. The pictures are beautiful. I would recommend this book for upper elementary grade levels. Grade Reading Level: 5.9Lexile: 660LDRA: Not foundGuided Reading: Not found


  • Tricia

    Geared to elementary ages this title is chock full of information leading up to the first thanksgiving. I especially liked that the author started when Plymouth Rock was formed and moved forward instead of just jumping right into the pilgrim-indian feast that we visualize when we hear the word "thanksgiving".


  • Jessica Bennett

    This book explains the history of the first thanksgiving. It uses great key terms like Plymouth Rock, plague, Mayflower, etc that are essential for students to understand about how the first Thanksgiving came about. The book also explains how villages are made and how the pilgrams came over obstacles like making more food and creating villages. Very educational!


  • Robyn Regan

    This book is an informational picture book concerning the first Thanksgiving. It is quite long in length and includes descriptive information such as Squanto's origins, the journey of the Mayflower, colonization and farming. The pictures are beautiful. I would recommend this book for upper elementary grade levels. Grade Reading Level: 5.9Lexile: 660LDRA: Not foundGuided Reading: Not found


  • Susan

    Using Plymouth rock as a literary device, this account of Thanksgiving provides more detail and attention to the role of Native Americans in the holiday and survival of the young Pilgrim colony. Well researched, this picture book is worth sharing with older classes to move them beyond the basic outline of the typical Thanksgiving stories shared.


  • Caitlin

    An account of Thanksgiving that includes the kidnapping of Squanto and the subsequent death of his tribe due to European diseases, but it concludes that Thanksgiving is a celebration of "the rock on which our nation began."


  • Angie Libert

    2/25/2012: A wonderful picture book that told the complete story, rather than a more condensed version, of The First Thanksgiving. read again in 2015: This is an excellent book to read yearly!!


  • Ann

    I thought this had a lot of good information, but I felt like it didn't do enough to dispel myths about the first Thanksgiving, and it seemed strange to me that there was so much geological history included. Still, I enjoyed reading it.


  • MaryJane

    A fair telling of the Thanksgiving story. It is on my "to purchase" list for the Middle School Library. Include geological facts about Plymouth Rock which I did not know. I was saddened to find out that the original rock has been cut up to fit "its present day portico".


  • Sally

    Beautiful illustrations!!!!


  • Jennifer Ho

    This book is good to integrate into your classroom when you want to talk about Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and Indians.


  • Leila

    for Early American history unit


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