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Land of the Pilgrims Pride

By: Callista Gingrich, Susan Arciero
Publisher: Regnery Pub
Level: 6-7

In Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride, the second book in Callista Gingrich’s best-selling series, Ellis explores the story of America’s beginnings, as he learns about each of the original 13 colonies. Join Ellis as he goes back in history to see the places, meet the people, and hear the stories of the new colonies, Ellis discovers how brave and resourceful settlers planted the seeds for a new nation.

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Thanksgiving on Thursday

Thanksgiving on Thursday

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Level: 8-9

The Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to the eve of the first Thanksgiving. There they meet the Pilgrims as well as Squanto, a Native American who helped them. The story offers an age-appropriate, in-depth picture of what life was really like for early settlers, as well as the usual Magic Tree House adventure and excitement.

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Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving

Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving

By: Joseph Bruchac
Publisher: Harcourt, 2000
Level: 8-9

Although the story of the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving has been a staple in schools for decades, the Native American version of this event is far less familiar. Told in the first person from Squanto’s point of view, Bruchac’s book begins with the brutal hardships Squanto endured at the hands of the English. After being kidnapped and enslaved in Spain, he works desperately hard to sail back to New England, only to find that his family and many other Patuxet people have died from disease brought by the white …

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A Plump and Perky Turkey

A Plump and Perky Turkey

By: Teresa Bateman
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Inc
Level: 8-9

Turkeys around Squawk Valley just don’t jump into pots anymore — they are way too smart for that. So the townspeople hatch a clever plan. They host a turkey-themed arts and crafts fair and lure a vain bird into town by advertising for an artist’s model. Peter the Turkey, proud of his well-stuffed form, takes the bait but doesn’t fall for the trap.

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Two Bad Pilgrims

Two Bad Pilgrims

By: Kathryn Lasky
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Level: 8-9

Everybody knows about the Pilgrims—pious, sober voyagers who sought new lives in the New World. But two very bad Pilgrims have been largely forgotten by history, and they’re ready to tell their story! Real-life boys Francis and Johnny Billington nearly blew up the Mayflower, got kidnapped by Indians, and wreaked havoc wherever they went.

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Happy Thanksgiving, Biscuit!

Happy Thanksgiving, Biscuit!

By: Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Publisher: HarperCollins
Level: 0-5

Biscuit has so much to be thankful for on his first Thanksgiving. How will he and the little girl spend this special day?Pull back the flaps to find out!

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Biscuit Is Thankful

Biscuit Is Thankful

By: Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Level: 6-7

Biscuit is thankful for his bone, his biscuits, and lots more, too. Sweet puppy! Woof!

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