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1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving
Contributor(s): Grace, Catherine O'Neill (Author)

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ISBN: 0792261399     ISBN-13: 9780792261391
Publisher: National Geographic Society
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: October 2004

Annotation: In cooperation with the Plimoth Plantation, a living-history museum in Massachusetts, this book recreates the true story behind the first Thanksgiving in 1621, setting aside popular myths to present a fresh look at this historical event.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Holidays & Celebrations - Thanksgiving
- Juvenile Nonfiction | History - United States - Colonial & Revolutionary Periods
- Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places - United States - Native American
Dewey: 394.264
Age Level: 8-12
Grade Level: 3-7
Lexile Measure: 1100(Not Available)
Series: National Geographic
Physical Information: 0.3" H x 8.3" W x 10.7" (0.45 lbs) 47 pages
- Chronological Period - 17th Century
- Cultural Region - New England
- Ethnic Orientation - Native American
- Geographic Orientation - Massachusetts
- Holiday - Thanksgiving
Features: Bibliography, Ikids, Illustrated, Index, Maps, Price on Product, Table of Contents
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 53617
Reading Level: 7.1   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 1.0
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Publisher Description:
In cooperation with the Plimoth Plantation, a living-history museum in Massachusetts, National Geographic has recreated the first Thanksgiving. Photographs by National Geographic photographers of the recreation at Plimoth Plantation illustrate this book.

In 1621, in a small settlement on the edge of the sea, 52 English colonists celebrated their first harvest. The colonists were joined by 90 men of the Wampanoag tribe for a gathering that was to last three days in a town now known as Plymouth.

Over the centuries, there have been countless versions of this story, creating a popular myth of the first Thanksgiving. Many Americans imagine brave, peaceful settlers inviting a few wild Indians over for a turkey dinner. But there was no pumpkin pie or cranberry sauce at this celebration. There were no Indians with woven blankets over their shoulders and large feathered headdresses. No pilgrims with somber black clothes and silver buckle hats either. The English didn't even call themselves Pilgrims.

This book puts aside that myth and takes a new look at our American history. It questions what we know and recovers lost voices of the Wampanoag people. True history includes the voices of all its participants. 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving invites young people to read, listen, and think about our shared history.

The book also features a foreword, a section on the actual reenactment and the concept of living history, a chronology, an index, and a bibliography.

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