Giving Thanks is a special children's version of the Thanksgiving Address, a message of gratitude that originated with the Native people of upstate New York and Canada and that is still spoken at ceremonial gatherings held by the Iroquois, or Six Nations. Full color.
An ancient Iroquois ceremonial message of thanks comes alive for all children thanks to the adaptation by a chief of the Mohawk nation. This message which gives thanks for the natural world around us with its moon, stars, grasses, water and so much more, is shared each morning and at special ceremonies in the Iroquois nation. There is a wish to live in peace and harmony and honor given to the Great Spirit.
This is a wonderful practice of gratitude that our children can join in for Thanksgiving and on every day of the year. The reverence that Native Americans hold for the natural world around us is a teaching that our children especially need to adopt.
24 pages 978-1880000151 Ages 4-9
Keywords: Thanksgiving, gratitude, thankfulness, Native Americans, indigenous people, traditions, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old, respecting others, multicultural, diverse books, diversity, acceptance, accepting others, Social Studies Curriculum
Other Thanksgiving titles that reflect thankfulness and dignity for all:
1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving
Duck for Turkey by Jacqueline Jules
Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Thankful Book by Todd Parr
We Are Grateful by Traci Sorell
Molly's Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen
Clambake: A Wampanoag Tradition by Russell M. Peters
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com