Thanksgiving: A Story for All Children to Hear
|Above copied from the New York Times|
After finishing college and teaching for two years, I went to Chicago for my graduate studies and that was the time I was introduced to the Thanksgiving holiday. These past few weeks, even in the Karate school of my son, the master was taking time to teach the children that Thanksgiving was a time for working together and helping each other. Obviously, there are quite plenty to be taught about Thanksgiving.
Also starring the Peanuts gang, The Mayflower Voyagers doesn't quite capture the whimsy of earlier Charlie Brown specials, but its historical tale should interest older kids: It's a more-or-less factual account of the Mayflower voyage that does not sugarcoat the death and sickness many of the Pilgrims faced when on the ship and when they landed in the "New World." Pilgrims are shown with muskets, and Native Americans are shown with spears.Both kids enjoyed the movie and I am quite amazed that my son remembered the characters: Samoset, Squanto and Massasoit from the Native American side, and Captain John Smith and Myles Standish from the Pilgrims' side.
How we celebrate Thanksgiving now, and what we want our children to remember on this occasion, in my opinion, are nicely captured in these Charlie Brown's stories. It is a day to be thankful. A Happy Thanksgiving to all the readers of this blog.