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Week of November 19, 2001

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

This week's trivia combines the Spirit of
Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims, & the Mayflower.

Quote of the Week

"I am thankful for my family and my friends. I like Thanksgiving because I get to spend time with them." -- Response from first grader, Ben, when his class was asked what they are thankful for and why they like Thanksgiving.

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Picture of the Week

Abe sports his Thanksgiving Day hat as he prepares to attend the Thanksgiving Feast hosted by Ben. The IMA Hero™ gang will enjoy lots of traditional Thanksgiving food. For dessert, they will have a pie tasting contest featuring the home-made pumpkin pies baked by Robert E. and Ulysses.

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Thanksgiving Day

This book is featured in the American Colonies Bookstore. Fun and Colorful book to teach any youngster about the meaning, origin, and traditions of Thanksgiving. The bright pictures and simple sentences make it EASY-TO-READ even for the youngest readers. You'll also learn how Thanksgiving is celebrated today, including the feasting on turkey and pumpkin pie!

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Trivia Question

This Week's Trivia Question:

Question: When did the Mayflower
land at Plymouth Rock?

Photo: Mayflower

Last Week's Trivia Question:
Question: Where was Galileo born?
In Pisa, Italy. When Galileo was born on February 15, 1564, Italy was not called Italy. Instead, Italy was made up of independent city-states. The city-states were in regions controlled by powerful families. Pisa was located in the Tuscany region and controlled by the Medici family. Read a book about Galileo.

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Did You Know…

Did you know President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving as an annual national holiday in 1863?

Yes, on October 3, 1863, in fact. This was during the American Civil War. In 1941, the United States Congress passed a law making Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday of November.

Photo: Abraham Lincoln

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Who's Your Hero?

My Grandma is my hero. I love her very much. Every Thanksgiving she invites my whole family -- and I come from a big family -- to her house for a festive Thanksgiving dinner. She makes turkey, ham, cranberry sauce, potatoes, gravy, beans, yams, asparagus, cheese, rolls, and a delicious home-baked pumpkin pie. It's so fun to get together at least once a year with my aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, nieces, and nephews.

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Your Question

Q: Why does the United States celebrate Thanksgiving? (Shelby A.)

A: The United States' tradition of Thanksgiving goes back to 1621. The year before, 102 Pilgrims sailed from Plymouth, England, to Massachusetts on the Mayflower. They arrived on December 21, 1620, and established the Colony of New Plymouth. Unfortunately, only half of the Pilgrims survived the cold winter. Luckily, the Pilgrims had been given seeds by the Native Americans, and their first harvest in 1621, yielded plenty of food. The Pilgrims had a great feast and celebration to give their thanks. Soon, all the colonies were celebrating thanksgiving days following the harvests. This grew into the tradition celebrated today by the United States. Read a book about Thankgiving.

Photo: The First Thanksgiving in 1621

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