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Thanksgiving on Plymouth Plantation (The Time-Traveling Twins) Hardcover


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  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 630L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Time-Traveling Twins
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (August 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060270691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060270698
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #841,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4–In this well-researched, time-travel adventure, Grandma, twins Liz and Lenny, and Moose the dog journey back to 1621 and a three-day feast with the settlers at Plymouth Plantation. In conjunction with her fast-paced and informative text, Stanley uses dialogue bubbles to give readers all sorts of interesting, comical, and possibly shocking tidbits–for example, Colonial kids drank beer, which was actually healthier than the water. This story debunks popular myths about the Pilgrims and the Thanksgiving holiday while whetting young readers' appetites for more information about life at this time. Complementing the book's conversational flavor, Berry's cartoon illustrations are bright and appealing. Clever endpapers contrast the dishes served "Then" and "Now," from "boiled eels" to "jellied cranberry sauce." An author's note provides more information about the holiday.–Julie Roach, Malden Public Library, MA
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K-Gr. 3. In the latest Time-Traveling Twins book, Liz and Lenny accompany their grandmother to Plymouth Plantation in 1621. They live in a small, crowded house; do chores; work in the fields; attend worship services, of course; and sit down to a feast with the colonists and Wampanoag. When Liz refers to it as "the first Thanksgiving," she is quickly corrected by a Plymouth boy, who explains that it's just a harvest festival like the ones back in England. This exchange, along with Grandmother's explanation of what the settlement's first "true Day of Thanksgiving" entailed, show Stanley's fine approach. The traditional version, often seen at school pageants, seems stale and dull compared with this fresh, engaging presentation of what life in Plymouth was and was not. An author's note explains how the feast became popularly known as "the first Thanksgiving" and why that label is inaccurate. Bustling with activity, warmed with color, and full of period details, Berry's attractive illustrations light up the pages of this appealing and engaging volume. Carolyn Phelan
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mamareadssomuch on October 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a nicely illustrated history lesson in simple story format. Two kids time-travel with their grandmother to Plymouth Plantation and while there, see and experience how it felt at the time. Pages are chock full of extra tidbits.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
THANKSGIVING ON PLYMOUTH PLANTATION is the third in the series of "time traveling twins" books by Diane Stanley. Liz and Lenny love visiting their grandmother. Their grandmother is a very special lady with a very special hat. When she puts it on, she can travel backwards in time and be a part of history. When Liz and Lenny come to visit for Thanksgiving, they decide to travel back in time to 1621 to the "first" Thanksgiving at Plymouth, Massachusetts. They meet one of their ancestors who traveled to America aboard the Mayflower and clear up many of the misconceptions they had about the "first" Thanksgiving (including that it wasn't the first and it really wasn't a Thanksgiving).

The story is easy to follow and in addition to the main "story" there is a subplot that's followed by reading the speech-bubbles of the characters. The book is chock-full of all kinds of information about those first church planters who lived at Plymouth. Children will be amazed at all of the information, some of which they will find particularly surprising. For instance, everyone, including children drank beer at Plymouth because it was healthier than the water. Holly Berry's illustrations are a welcome accompaniment to the playful story and text. Lastly, the beginning and the end of the book has illustrations of a Thanksgiving feast from "then" (1621) and "now". By the time kids finish reading this text, they will be wanting to clean the turkey with pudding, sallet herbs, and pompion pie off of their trenchers (translated: turkey with stuffing, vegetables, and pumpkin pie off their plates).
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By Betsy on December 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Thought it would be more appropriate for younger children, not appropriate for preschool classroom too wordy but informtion can be filtered.
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