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The Circle of Thanks

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Fourteen poems with themes of thanksgiving and appreciation of nature, based in part on traditional Native American songs and prayers.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published October 17th 1996 by Troll Communications (first published 1996)
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Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing

THE CIRCLE OF THANKS: Native American Poems and Songs of Thanksgiving told by Joseph Bruchac (Abekaki) with pictures by Murv Jacobs is an important refererence for thoughtful storytelling.
Poems celebrate 14 Native American cultures with the emphasis on times when living off the land was everyday life.
I read selections from this in elementary school, through the volunteer program, BookPALS & find every year that children are able to appreciate snippets of these prose poems with the right
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A new additional to our Thanksgiving collection for children. Collecting poems and songs taken from Native traditions and will help open up conversations about thankfulness and why we don't have to limit thanksgiving to one day a year.
Everyone knows Thanksgiving. It is the one day a year that we celebrate with family to give thanks. But Native Americans have many celebrations of thanks and did before the holiday of Thanksgiving. Natives gave thanks to everything and Joseph Bruchac expresses that wonderfully in this book of poetry. It's a great read for Thanksgiving.
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The Circle of Thanks: Native American Poems and Songs of Thanksgiving (BridgeWater Books, 1996) told by Joseph Bruchac with illustrations by Murv Jacob presents thirteen poems or songs from ten different peoples. Both Bruchac and Jacob draw on their Native American culture to present authenticity in the words and illustrations. Giving gratitude for everything every day, especially the bounty of our natural world, is inherent in those Native American cultures represented here.

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Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
While not specifically a Thanksgiving book, I think these poems of thanks for the Earth certainly evoke feelings of gratitude perfect for the Thanksgiving season. I appreciated that the poems come from several tribes. My children and I loved both the poems and the illustrations.
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Joseph Bruchac lives with his wife, Carol, in the Adirondack mountain foothills town of Greenfield Center, New York, in the same house where his maternal grandparents raised him. Much of his writing draws on that land and his Abenaki ancestry. Although his American Indian heritage is only one part of an ethnic background that includes Slovak and English blood, those Native roots are the ones by ...more