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AMERICA'S REAL FIRST THANKSGIVING; St. Augustine, Florida, September 8, 1565

Author: Robyn Gioia

Illustrator: various

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Publisher: Pineapple Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: You may know that St. Augustine, Florida is the oldest US city. But there is so much more to learn. Photographs and illustrations complement a story that describes the founding of the city, and offers history lessons in the cultures and traditions seen in modern-day Florida. This illustrated chapter book offers information about a little-known piece of history.

Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 12; read yourself: 12 and up

Interest Level: 10 to 13

Reading Level: 9.6

Age of Child: Read by a student at Robbinsdale Cooper High School, New Hope, MN. This was part of our Use Your ABCs classroom literacy project.

Young Reader Reaction: This was an interesting book, because it takes you back in time. It is a book I would read again. I would recommend this book to other people because they need to know about America's first great holiday.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is fascinating reading. The cover is deceptive, as I opened the book expecting a holiday story. Instead, I had a history and geography lesson! The maps are intriguing and could be a book until themselves.

Pros: This illustrated history offers pre-teen and reluctant readers the opportunity to become fascinated by history. The glossary and lists of resources in the back help add to the opportunities for learning.

Cons: None, really. This is not a story about celebrating Thanksgiving dinner. It is the history of St. Augustine and its place in history as the host to the first thanksgiving in the New World.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a very good book and well worth reading. It should be in every school library, and is an excellent book for history and geography, and will also help remedial or reluctant readers. It is a niche buy for Floridians.


Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 9.6
The Reading Tub reviewed the book in conjunction with an Author Showcase feature.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - history, Thanksgiving, picture book, Native Americans, multicultural, middle grade, cultures and tradition

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2007, February 2010

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