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Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message


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

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