“From the dangerous voyage across the Atlantic through the first harsh winter to the delicious Thanksgiving feast, readers get to experience all of the excitement and wonder of the Pilgrims' first year in America through this well detailed picture book. The accuracy and reality is captured in...”see full review » see other reviews »
““The Story of the Pilgrims” by Katherine Ross; Published by Random House Books; USA, NY; Copyright 1995
2. Appropriate grade level(s): Kindergarten through Third
3.Summary: The story of the pilgrims explains how the pilgrims lived in England but had to leave when they were unable to practice the religion they wanted. The pilgrims got on the Mayflower and packed some simple foods and traveled the ocean to get to America. This book describes a brief history on the first thanksgiving dinner and why we celebrate thanksgiving.
Review: I thought this book provided a good description of the first thanksgiving. It expresses a good introduction to why we celebrate and also the courage of the pilgrims to leave their homeland. The book is easy to understand and is accompanied by good illustrations.
4.Uses in the classroom
-Have students say what they are thankful for.
-Discuss the Mayflower and have students draw their own boat.
- Have students write a fictional story about traveling.
After a long voyage across the Atlantic ocean in search of a new land, the Pilgrims find themselves lost, hungry, suffering from sickness and unaware of their surroundings. They had heard about Native people who lived in the area, but assumed the native Americans would harm them. One day, the Native American's show up and much to the pilgrims surprise, offer help to build houses, plant a garden and teach them to hunt.
Although the suggested age for this book starts at PreK, I believe this is a better book for older students as this book is quite long and detailed, to much so for little ones. I do however think this is a wonderful book, full of great history and facts about the arrival of the pilgrims, and the assistance to the by the native Americans.
In class uses:
This is a great book to read around Thanksgiving time because of the relevance to the traditional Holiday. It is important to have historical fiction such as this book in a classroom so students can access them, and understand the start of our history in America. After reading this book, students could take turns speaking out and saying what they're thankful for, just like the Pilgrims who were so thankful to the native Americans for showing them things that would help them with basic survival in the new land.”
“Grades: Kindergarten to Third Grade
*A classic approach to the story of the Pilgrims voyage and the first Thanksgiving. Children will enjoy hearing about the feast, the true reasoning behind Thanksgiving, and the friendship the Pilgrims and Indians shared.
*Friendship & Sharing
*Adventure & Voyages
“From the dangerous voyage across the Atlantic through the first harsh winter to the delicious Thanksgiving feast, readers get to experience all of the excitement and wonder of the Pilgrims' first year in America through this well detailed picture book. The accuracy and reality is captured in this vivid retelling of the Pilgrims' life. This book is perfect for young historians because they gain an understanding of the main events through the text and vivid illustrations. Readers are introduced to a wide range of precise vocabulary and figurative language with fully developed sentences, diction, semantics, and imagery. Students experience the Pilgrims' hardships and thanksgivings through the chronological events of building a home in a unique land. A very informative and interesting text for all readers! :) ”Brenna House wrote this review Saturday, January 15, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“From the dangerous voyage across the Atlantic through the first harsh winter to the delicious Thanksgiving feast, all the excitement and wonder of the Pilgrims' first year in America is captured in this vivid retelling that is perfect for the youngest historians.”Ms. Poole wrote this review Tuesday, November 16, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No