Historically Accurate Thanksgiving links
- Hi Everyone,
I decided to copy and paste the thread from the other yahoo group, AlwaysLearning. It's a good group for a lot of thought provoking ideas. So here it is. Sorry if it's a little messy.
Re: [AlwaysLearning] Historically Accurate Books About Thanksgiving for Young Kids?
-=-My 4.5 year old has expressed interest in learning about
Thanksgiving and why we have a meal with friends that day. I explained
it from my perspective and offered some info about the mainstream idea
You could truthfully tell her that mythology has gotten mixed in with
whatever the facts might have been, but that it has become a
tradition, related to other harvest feasts, to gather with family or
friends and have a feast--more food than people can eat.
That's the difference between a meal and a feast, is the amount of
I like Sandra's comments, especially for a 4.5 year old, to focus on the unversiality of the harvest celebration theme. But for older kids (who are
inteterested), there are some more specific resources:
Deconstructing the Myths of The First Thanksgiving:
Oyate has a list of Thanksgiving books as well (I haven't read any of them):
This may be interesting for you to read yourself and retell to your
son.....scroll down to Chuck Larson's children's story, "The Plymouth
"1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving":
Fun website: "You are the Historian":