November 21, 2005
The Your Fairy Bookmother blog, which is maintained by a children's and young-adults' librarian, considers the myths of Thanksgiving. Bookmother believes that as multiple new perspectives emerge about Thanksgiving, the old (outdated) version will fade. I'm not so sure, but the librarian's take on the matter makes for an interesting post.
A current exhibit at the living museum Plimoth Plantation, in Plymouth, Massachusetts, focusses on the Wampanoag people, who lived in the area when the English colonists arrived and are still there today. Over at the blog Bartography, the author Chris Barton recommends Diane Stanley's picture book Thanksgiving on Plymouth Plantation.
On a silly holiday note, my son Junior likes Alison Jackson's zany There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie.
Thanks for the mention, Susan.
Your Fairy Bookmother's post is really worth reading -- good catch. There are at least two ways of going about correcting the myths around the "first Thanksgiving." There's the approach she describes in her post, of avoiding all Thanksgiving books that don't conform completely to the revisionist view, and the one I prefer, in which alternate versions are made available to children for side by side comparison -- and enjoyment.
Posted by: Chris Barton | November 23, 2005 at 05:16 PM