The First Thanksgiving (Step-Into-Reading, Step 3) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-08-15 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 29 user ratings

" We read this in my placement and did a whole writing unit on this in our thanksgiving books. It is a great one to tell the story about the first thanksgiving! " said.

" A great Thanksgiving book to read. " said.

" One of our family's favorites. A fun read. A great choice for every child's bookshelf. " said.

" This book is a good introduction to the history of the holiday. It is VERY simplistic, but explains challenging ideas and uses engaging vocabulary. Illustrations add to the the text. " said.

" We loved it a lot. It's very interesting and it has very nice pictures. " said.

" This is a solid book for first grade readers. It is not exactly interesting. It is not exactly complete in information. It is not exactly entertaining. And the illustrations are not exactly brilliant. But kids can read it on their own and understand most of it. " said.

" A book my 6 yr old loved, a little old for my preschoolers. A solid reading level 2 book, this reader has a good amount of advanced vocabulary words, but not so long that it discourages a new reader. Used it for his read out loud book, which was perfect. It took about 20 mins for him to read and had just enough new vocabulary words to make it challenging. Also, it was a fun and interesting story he could get into. He liked it so much, he asked for more by this author. Great reading book! " said.

"I liked how much care went into this Step Into Reading series. Each Step is specifically designed for children in a certain grade level, based on the average reading capabilities of those ages. This is a Step 2 book, so is recommended for grades 1-3.

I liked the lines: “The people going aboard seem too poor and too ordinary to ever be famous. And yet their names are now in history books. Now, almost 400 years later, we still tell their story.”

It’s so cool to put that into perspective that they were just poor, ordinary people looking for a new life, but what they did went down in history and we all know about them today. They knew that Indians could attack them; they knew ships had sailed and never returned, and they were pirates and hurricanes.

I had never learned that the Pilgrims originally tried to practice their own religions in secret, but the king sent out spies to their houses and arrested them. Their own neighbors turned them in.

I liked the cutout image of the ship in which we could see inside the ship, the different levels and what went on in each one. That made it so much easier to imagine the living conditions of the people on board.

I liked that it painted life on board ship in a true way, enough to let kids know the hardships of life at sea, without going too far. It was crowded, most stayed in one room, and it was cold and damp. There wasn’t any water for washing and no toilet. They had the same food every day, and some of the bread had worms and the water tasted bad.

I’ve also never heard that the Pilgrims made a platform for cannons, because I’ve never read they had canons with them. Or that they knew Indians were watching them, because a scouting party had seen Indians, but the Indians had been fearful and ran away. The Pilgrims could see their campfires and hear them in the woods supposedly, so they knew they were there. They also had a guard posted at all times.

The governor bowed to Massasoit and kissed his hand, and in turn Massasoit bowed and kissed his hand. That’s a greeting I’ve never heard about.

The illustrations weren’t detailed or very realistic, so it was kind of loosely done. My favorite characters were the Indians with the white and black feathers in their hair, and the streaks of white and black paint on their cheeks.

Massasoit sent some men into the forest to hunt for deer so they would have enough food.

It should have been explained what blindman’s bluff is. I have no idea what the rules are for that, and it’s remiss to mention a game and not say the rules.

It ends by saying more people come from England, and the Pilgrims have children and so on until Plymouth grows and they have harvests each year. The last page states that in 1863 Abraham Lincoln made it a national holiday. It kind of jolted me out of the story and didn’t really go with the rest of the tale. It had pretty orange trees with kids dressed up as Pilgrims and Indians.

It was an okay read for young kids in early grades of school. The illustrations needed to be better, because they weren’t right for the illustration of the story. It’s just a little too sloppy and the tale demands more than that I think. It properly relates the trials and tribulations, the main highlights of the First Thanksgiving and that first year of the Pilgrims. I was hoping it would mention something about what happened after the 54 years of peace between the Wampanoags and the Pilgrims. It said Massasoit and the governor signed the treaty and peace lasted 54 years, so the natural progression of the story would have said what happened after those years, but this was about the Pilgrims and not a complete history. Guess they wanted to spare kids the realities of what happened next for a later time. I with the last page wouldn’t have jumped to current times and kept in the old days.
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