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Mary's First Thanksgiving: An Inspirational Story Of Gratefulness

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Papp's endearing paintings complement Wargin's beautifully told story of how a modern Pilgrim girl and her family make the difficult transition from their home in Ireland to America. Through the story of the first Thanksgiving, she recognizes her blessings. Full color.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 9th 2008 by Zonderkidz (first published August 26th 2008)
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Mary's world seemed upside down since living in America. Her family made the move from Ireland, so she missed her friend and also having food to eat. In her mind, there wasn't anything to be grateful for until her parents got through to her and explained to Mary the representation of Five Kernels on Thanksgiving.
The story in this picture book is great, but i was really amazed with the pictures. Robert Papp's illustrations are beautiful paintings that look so close to an actual photograph. This b
Finally a 5 star Thanksgiving book. Really beautiful story!
We live at a point in time where very few people seem to have anything they are thankful for. When you consider the holidays that are a part of our calendar year, Thanksgiving seems to almost be forgotten. Retail stores immediately went from Halloween displays to Christmas displays. What happened to Thanksgiving? Because of this growing forgetfulness, books like Mary’s First Thanksgiving are very important.

Mary’s First Thanksgiving offers the reader a glimpse into the life of Mary and her family
i picked this up at the library for the up-coming Holiday. I was trying to find a good children's book to briefly, or very simply, explain the Thanksgiving Holiday to my children. I think this book did an okay job at that but also, it added a bit more.
It tells the story about Mary, who is new to America, from Ireland. She misses her native land and feels alone in America. (Kinda strange to be saying that becuase usually, these days, it is becuase one has moved States and not countries.)
She goes
May 22, 2009 Carol rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a 'new' Thanksgiving tradition
Shelves: childrens
I was half-heartedly looking for a story to read at the library for the Scottish Society's celebration of Scots-Irish Heritage Day in Tennessee, when I stumbled on this story.

Mary, an Irish immigrant, misses Ireland, her old home, family and friends during her first Thanksgiving in America. She isn't feeling grateful for anything. Her parents give her a rendition of the well-known first Thanksgiving story ~ English immigrants, starving, indians, big meal, gratefulness, etc. Her Dad adds to it th
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Mary and her parents have immigrated from Ireland to America. Judging from the illustrations and hints in the text, I'd guess it would be the 1920's or 1930's. It's Thanksgiving, but Mary thinks she has nothing to be thankful for because she doesn't have friends, her family is poor, and she hasn't got a turkey like everyone else to eat. Then her father tells her the story of the Pilgrims and their first few hard years in the New World. In particular, he tells her that, in the years after, the co ...more
Sep 20, 2008 Margaret rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone with children ages 4-7
Recommended to Margaret by: Jean Wang
Absolutely wonderful! After reading this book I had chills. This is an inspirational story of gratefulness and Kathy-jo does a great job of telling it. The story is wonderful and a lesson to keep with you always. This makes a perfect Thanksgiving book, but I'd say it could be on the shelf year round. The pictures are incredible, absolutely amazing! I have never seen such in a children's book that I have ever liked more. They are so life-like I almost insist they were from a a camera. Robert Papp ...more
I liked the idea this book gave of the 5 things to be thankful for:
1. beauty and bounty of autumn
2. love for one another
3. love for their families
4. friendship
5. freedom to worship God.
Rusty Gregory
"Mary looked out the schoolhouse window."

Good book that has a good message about Thanksgiving. I give the illustrations about a Bazillion stars.

Jul 03, 2013 Relyn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teachers, parents, kids
Recommended to Relyn by: spotted at the library
Shelves: lawsonland
I have got to remember this book at Thanksgiving. It would make a great read aloud and an introduction to a discussion about the importance of gratitude.
"thanksgiving, immigrants, first thanksgiving, tradition, gratefulness, inspirational"
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