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Summary: When a young boy asks his teacher why the President pardons a turkey, he learns about a little-known-piece of US history. The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in Virginia, on December 4, 1619. This is a rhyming story/picture book that offers young children some colonial history.
Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 9; read yourself: 7 to 10
Interest Level: 5 to 9
Age of Child: Started reading with 6-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: Our child loved Ginny (the pig). She liked the story and asked lots of questions about Thanksgiving (in general and related to Virginia).
Adult Reader Reaction: What a wonderful discovery ... both the book and the US history. Thankfully, the author included some factual information in the back that helped round-out the story.
Pros: This engaging rhyme will teach children US history in a way that will be memorable for them well after they are finished with picture books!
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. The story offers an engaging piece of history and the illustrations make it fun.