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America's Real First Thanksgiving: St. Augustine, Florida, September 8, 1565 Library Binding – April 16, 2007


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  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Library Binding: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Pineapple Press; 1st edition (April 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561643890
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561643899
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,608,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 3–6—Which state claims the first Thanksgiving? Massachusetts may come to mind, but Texas, Maine, Florida, and Virginia all have historical evidence of similar celebrations that predate the Pilgrims' gathering. This account describes the meeting of Spanish explorer Pedro Menéndez de Avilés and Native people called the Timucua near what became St. Augustine, in 1565. According to the author, in gratitude to God "for a safe journey and a new land," the explorer "provided a Thanksgiving feast for the Spanish, with the Timucua as guests." In order to lend context, chapter topics include a summary of the world in 1565, a discussion of uncharted lands, Spain in the 1560s, Florida in the 1560s, a description of the Timucuan way of life, the founding of St. Augustine, events on the day of Thanksgiving, and St. Augustine today. Period maps, paintings, photographs of artifacts, and original watercolor illustrations help explain the historical concepts. While many of the period works are informative, the original paintings bear an unfortunate resemblance to coloring-book pages. One illustration caption identifies a Native couple as a king and queen, although it is questionable that the Timucua themselves would have used that terminology. This book is well intentioned and extremely earnest about bringing attention to this seldom-explored historical topic. It might be of interest to people studying Florida history or visiting St. Augustine.—Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA
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Robyn Gioia's story gives us a delightful view of the first Thanksgiving, celebrated in Florida by Spaniards and Timucuans more than a half century before the one in Plimoth. Perhaps even more so than the later one, this event symbolized a new chapter in history, one well worth keeping in mind as we continue to ponder what it means to be an "American." 
 
Dr. John McGrath, Boston University
Historian, History Channel Commentator

More About the Author

Award winning author/teacher Robyn Gioia began her writing adventure with an eclectic group of writers in England. Once referred to as Scheherazade, she is known for her character driven, can't put down, page turning stories for middle school kids. The Ghost, The Rat, and Me is a who-dun-it mystery involving two best friends, only one of the friends has come back as a ghost to help.

Robyn holds a Masters in Gifted Education and is a principal at an International School in Japan. When she's wearing her teacher hat, she writes non-fiction books. Her controversial history book, America's REAL First Thanksgiving, St. Augustine, Florida, Sept.8, 1565 has been featured on the front page of the USA Today Life section.

Currently in the works: Under Siege! A middle school historical fiction of the 1702 siege of America's ancient city, St. Augustine, Florida.

http://www.robyngioia.com

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert Whitney on December 23, 2007
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This book should have really been called "A Short History of Florida" as it hardly mentions the first Thanksgiving. It says little about who attended the First Thanksgiving nor the fact that the Bishop of Havana would come for a week each year to officiate in the Thanksgiving celebrations. There is no mention of the fact that most Spanish colonies celebrated Thanksgiving each fall. That the Pilgrims probably became accustomed to this celebration while living in the then Spanish controlled Holland before coming to Cape Cod. Too bad it does not live up to it's title and researched better. Florida and the rest of the USA deserves to know where the real first regular Thanksgiving was celebrated. Not the tradition taught by our uninformed public schools.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 10, 2007
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America's REAL First Thanksgiving is a picturebook about a feast shared by Spanish explorer Pedro Menendez and the Timucua Indians upon the founding of St. Augustine in what is now Florida. This shared exchange of food and gratitude took place on September 8, 1565, fifty-six years before the landmark Pilgrim celebration. "Why, you may ask, don't the history books record that the first Thanksgiving was in St. Augustine, Florida? Well, for many reasons England grew to be the dominant culture in the United States, and it is from their viewpoint that much of our history is told. But as time passes and unknown facts come to light, a more detailed history emerges from our heritage. And every year, more and more people join in celebrating our country's first Thanksgiving by serving cocido as the honored meal of the day." Full-color photographs and a recipe for cocido round out this fascinating introduction to little-known history for young readers.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Quatrano on May 17, 2008
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America's REAL First Thanksgiving by Robyn Gioia is a must-have for all elementary school teachers of Florida's history. Full of interesting and little known details, it is a well-written account not only of the first thanksgiving celebration held in St. Augustine, but of the fascinating historical events preceding this noteworthy occasion. In addition to the rich text, the book contains beautiful full-color illustrations and photographs with informative captions, a timeline, a glossary, and a recipe for Cocido, a type of bean soup served at the first thanksgiving. This book (and its companion teacher's manual) would be a valuable addition to Florida's fourth grade curriculum by providing a concise but thorough glimpse into Florida's past and the REAL first thanksgiving.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. K. Lovett on February 8, 2013
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quick delivery. Son needed this for school report, excellent choice. Easily understood with nice illustrations. It also provide a different bit of history(as the title of the book).
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