Thanksgiving is just days away and elementary students are learning about Native Americans and the importance of giving thanks. Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message (Reading Rainbow Book) is the perfect complement to any Native American lesson plan.
Written by Chief Jake Swamp, an educator and environmentalist who founded the Tree of Peace Society, the book is based on the Thanksgiving Address, an ancient message of peace and appreciation of Mother Earth and all her inhabitants delivered by the Native people known as the Iroquois.
The message gives thanks for all the gifts of life--Mother Earth, the deep blue waters, the green grasses, fruits and berries, animals, trees, sun, moon and more. And the rich paintings by Erwin Printup, Jr. beautifully add to the Native American feel and history.
It's the perfect time of year to share this Native American Good Morning Message with young readers and what better way to teach them to greet the world each morning by saying thank you to all living things?
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Lee & Low Books (July 1, 1997)
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