Friday, November 19, 2004

Saturday Library Trip - 11/20/04 - Thanksgiving Edition

This week's selection:
  • Book: Thanksgiving Day by Dianne M. MacMillan
  • Book: The Story of the First Thanksgiving by Elaine Raphael and Don Bolognese
  • Video: Meet Diego! (Dora the Explorer)
  • Video: Blue's Big News (Blue's Clues)

Things I didn't know that I learned from the children's Thanksgiving books:

Nearly half of the settlers died that first year, and only 4 women were left. And on the first Thanksgiving, those 4 women did all the cooking.

In the 1800's, Godey's Lady's Book was the most widely read publication in the country for twenty years. It's editor, Sarah Josepha Hales, was responsible for getting Thanksgiving recognized first as state holidays, then as a Federal holiday.

In 1939, FDR moved Thanksgiving from the 4th Thursday in November to the 3rd Thursday, for the sole purpose of giving retailers and extra week in the holiday shopping season. As a result, half the states celebrated the 3rd week, half the states celebrated the 4th week, with Texas and Colorado celebrating both days. Two years later, the date was firmly affixed as the 4th Thursday.

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