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THIS FIRST THANKSGIVING DAY; A COUNTING STORY

Author: Laura Krauss Melmed

Illustrator: Mark Buehner

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: The first Thanksgiving is recounted in a story that uses counting to describe each of the activities that lead up to the big feast. This is a holiday story that uses counting as its plot scheme.

Type of Reading: playtime reading; learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 9 to 11

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 3.4

Age of Child: Read with child three years old.

Young Reader Reaction: S/He likes the story each time that it's read, but it is not a book s/he'll pull off the shelf.

Adult Reader Reaction: It's a fun way to introduce where the Thanksgiving holiday comes from. It's a well-crafted story that allows parents to count other objects on the page, not just the ones described in the narrative. If the number is 4, you'll find four fish, four fisherman, four birds.

Pros: The illustrations are colorful, the story is simply presented, but introduces information on several levels.

Cons: None, really.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. At three, the book is fun to read aloud with your child. By six or seven, they will be able to read it themselves.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE THANKSGIVING DOOR   ALBERT's THANKSGIVING   TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE THANKSGIVING

Educational Themes: This is a seasonal book that introduces numbers, counting, and the "elements" of the first Thanksgiving. Just enough history for a preschooler to absorb.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, math, counting, picture book, Thanksgiving, cultures and tradition, Native Americans, multicultural

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2004

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