Turkeys, Pilgrims, and Indian Corn: The Story of the Thanksgiving Symbols

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2000 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 96 pages
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The story of the most truly American holiday and the development of its symbols and legends.

Each of our holidays has its own familiar traditions: Trick-or-treating on Halloween, eating turkey on Thanksgiving, waiting for Santa Claus on Christmas, exchanging cards on Valentine’s Day. But where do these customs come from, when did they begin, and why do we continue to observe them?

In the engaging blend of careful research and lively prose that has earned her books a lasting place on the holiday bookshelf, Edna Barth explores the multicultural origins and evolution of the familiar and not-so-familiar symbols and legends associated with our favorite holidays. Full of fascinating historical details and little-known stories, these books are both informative and engaging. Festively illustrated by Ursula Arndt, they are now available again in hardcover as well as paperback editions, featuring new, eye-catching jacket designs, and fun holiday activities inside the paperback covers. Each book includes an annotated list of holiday stories and poems and an index.
  

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This book is helpful in understanding some basic information related to Thanksgiving. The only surprising part of this book is on page 68 of the hardcover edition: "The Pilgrims had done their best ... Read full review

Contents

Three Centuries of Thanksgiving
8
The Pilgrims
15
The Mayflower
22
The Pilgrim Fathers
29
The Pilgrim Mothers
38
Pilgrim Children
41
Pilgrim Faces
47
Pilgrim Clothes
49
Indian Neighbors
60
The Thanksgiving Dinner Table
70
Indian Corn
79
Pumpkins
84
Tom Turkey
86
From Crane Berry to Cranberry
89
Horn of Plenty
92
Thanksgiving Stories Poems Pageants and Plays
94

Pilgrim Animals
53
Pilgrim Houses
55
Plymouth Rock
58
Sources
95
Index
96
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The late Edna Barth worked as a librarian, a teacher, and an editor of books for young people before becoming the author of many well-known books for children.

Ursula Arndt has illustrated a number of popular children's books, including the six holiday titles written by Edna Barth for Clarion. She is now retired and lives in Germany.

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