Season 4 - Episodes 8 & 9 - A Thanksgiving Adventure

A Thanksgiving Adventure

A Thanksgiving Adventure  is sponsored by Penguin Young Readers

What are you thankful for? Lauren and the Reading Bug are thankful for an all-new adventure and for a reunion with their good friend Spelling Bee! Join them as they travel back in time to celebrate Thanksgiving with a village of Pilgrims and the native people living nearby. When the magic book bag goes astray, we'll get an adventure we didn't expect - and an opportunity to celebrate our differences!

Books Mentioned in this Podcast

The Berenstain Bears' Harvest Festival Cover Image
ISBN: 9780310748656
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Published: Zonderkidz - August 4th, 2015

Autumn is a beautiful time of year, and the folks of Bear Country are looking forward to everything the season brings. So when the Chapel in the Woods holds its first ever Harvest Festival, people gather at Farmer Ben's for a wonderful time of family, friends, fun, and praising God for his gifts.

Thanksgiving on Thursday (Magic Tree House (R) #27) Cover Image
By Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780375806155
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - September 24th, 2002

t's a time for giving thanks when the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to 1621 on the first Thanksgiving Day. The Pilgrims ask them to help get things ready. But whether it's cooking or clamming, Jack and Annie don't know how to do anything the Pilgrim way. Will they ruin the holiday forever? Or will the feast go on?

Molly's Pilgrim Cover Image
By Barbara Cohen, Jennifer Bricking (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062870940
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Published: HarperCollins - September 4th, 2018

A modern Thanksgiving classic about an immigrant girl who comes to identify with the story of the Pilgrims, as she seeks religious freedom and a home in a new land. Now with a gorgeous new cover and lovely interior illustrations.

The Story of the Pilgrims (Pictureback(R)) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679852926
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - September 26th, 1995

From the dangerous voyage across the Atlantic to the first harsh winter to the delicious Thanksgiving feast, all the excitement and wonder of the Pilgrims’ first year in America is captured in this vivid retelling that is perfect for the youngest historians.

Squanto's Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving Cover Image
By Joseph Bruchac, Greg Shed (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780152060442
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2007

In 1620 an English ship called the Mayflower landed on the shores inhabited by the Pokanoket, and it was Squanto who welcomed the newcomers and taught them how to survive. When a good harvest was gathered, the people feasted together--a tradition that continues almost four hundred years later.

Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Thanksgiving Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781426328473
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Published: National Geographic Kids - September 5th, 2017

Thanksgiving is the original American holiday. When the Pilgrims sat down to give thanks for the hard-won bounty of their new world, they continued a Native American tradition that would become a focal point in the calendar of all generations of Americans to come. The author relates this holiday to the harvest festivals celebrated by thankful believers of many faiths all over the globe. The book's stunning pictures show the celebration in its historical and cultural aspects, and the back matter contains a delicious Thanksgiving recipe, a glossary, and a useful list of holiday references and resources.

What Was the First Thanksgiving? (What Was?) Cover Image
By Joan Holub, Who HQ, Lauren Mortimer (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780448464633
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Published: Penguin Workshop - August 15th, 2013

The history of the feast!  After their first harvest in 1621, the Pilgrims at Plymouth shared a three-day feast with their Native American neighbors. Of course, the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag didn’t know it at the time, but they were making history, celebrating what would become a national holiday.

We Gather Together: Celebrating the Harvest Season Cover Image
By Wendy Pfeffer, Linda Bleck (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780147512826
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Published: Puffin Books - October 2nd, 2014

The official start of the harvest season, the fall equinox occurs around September 21 each year. It marks the end of summer and the beginning of longer nights and shorter days.  For many cultures around the world, the fall equinox represents a time to celebrate the harvest and begin collecting and storing crops. Looking at both the science of weather and the history of how the fall equinox has been celebrated by various cultures throughout the world, this book will inspire a new understanding of autumn and the harvest season.

What Do They Do with All That Poo? Cover Image
By Jane Kurtz, Allison Black (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481479868
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Published: Beach Lane Books - June 19th, 2018

There’s quite a lot here to digest. In a mix of rhymed general statements and, in smaller type, pithy prose explanations, Kurtz drops nuggets of information about what poop is, how the excrement of a dozen types of zoo animals differs in shape and composition, what said animals do with their poop in nature, and the many ways zoos (and gardeners) study and recycle all those tons of “zoo-doo.”

Other Great Books for You to Explore: 
This Is the Feast Cover Image
By Diane Z. Shore, Megan Lloyd (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780064438506
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Published: HarperCollins - August 23rd, 2011

Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message (Reading Rainbow Books) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781880000540
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Published: Lee & Low Books - September 1st, 1995


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