***1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving
by Catherine O’Neill Grace and Margaret M. Bruchac
with Plimouth Plantation
Photographs by Sisse Brimberg and Cotton Coulson
Reviewed December 15, 2001.
National Geographic Society. 2001. 48 pages. Available
at Sembach Library J 394.264 GRA).
Unfortunately, this book arrived a little too late for Thanksgiving
this year. However, it is a beautiful book. Lavishly illustrated
with photographs from the living history museum at Plimouth Plantation,
it tells the true story of the “first Thanksgiving,” which probably wasn’t
really the first Thanksgiving at all.
The pictures in this book don’t show the traditional costumes school
kids dress up in for Thanksgiving--our stereotypes came from later artists’
conceptions of how the Pilgrims and Indians looked. And that’s only
the beginning. This book presents an interesting, well-researched
account of how the English settlers and the native tribes actually lived.
The result is magnificent. This book will be a wonderful resource
to present children with the true story of what happened in 1621.
Review of a companion volume:
Mayflower 1620: A New Look at a Pilgrim
Copyright © 2003 Sondra Eklund.
All rights reserved.
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