The Thanksgiving Story

This story was given to me by Paige Brown.  It is a take off on Brown Bear, Brown Bear.  These were done in a small group with an adult helping.  We did one page each day.  It is a lot of work, but is very cute!  We don't have time to do it every year.

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Book cover


This is the cover of the book.  It is made on a half sheet of construction paper.  (9x12)  The turkey body is a circle with a small red circle for the head.  The wattle is a small, red rectangle shape that is rounded on all corners.  The beak is a small orange triangle.  The eyes and feet were drawn with marker.  The title is written with crayon or markers. 

Page One

Indian, Indian  What do you see?

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This page was constructed using the TLC method.  The shoulders are made using a dark brown piece of construction paper 6x2.  Then the head was made with a lighter shade of brown construction paper approx. 3 1/2" circle.  The hair is made with two pieces of 4 inches x 1 1/4" black construction paper.  The side hair is fringed at the bottom for about 2 inches.  The top hair is another piece of black (4 1/2"x 2 inches) construction paper that is rounded on the top and attached to the top of the side hair pieces.  The headband is made with a piece of orange construction paper (4 1/2" x 3/4")

The Indian's face can be drawn with crayons or markers.   Glitter was added on the headband and around the neck area for a necklace. 

Page Two

I see the Mayflower sailing toward me.

Mayflower, Mayflower  What do you see?


This page uses a simple boat pattern with three sails attached.  The waves are blue, glitter paint.

Page Three

I see Plymouth Rock, waiting for me.  Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Rock, What do you see?

  The rock was cut using gray paper.  A hill is drawn with brown crayon and bushes with green.  The waves were made with blue glitter paints.  The clouds are small pieces of cotton pulled apart and glued on.

Page Four

I see a teepee close by the sea.

Teepee, Teepee,

What do you see?

  The teepee in the picture is a simple, brown triangle. The mountains and the trees were drawn with crayon as a guided drawing lesson.

Page Five

I see some Pilgrims standing near me.

Pilgrims, Pilgrims,

What do you see?

  The sizes for the pilgrims are as follows:

The boy and girl are constructed from the bottom (shoulders) going up to the hat in the following order and sizes.


Shoulders:  4 1/2 x 2 1/4" (black)

Collar:  4 x 1 1/4 with a notch cut out (white)

Head  3 1/2" flesh colored circle

Hat:  4 x 3 inch rectangle with a bit off the sides to made the brim wider.



Shoulders:  4 1/2 x 2 inch lavender rectangle

Collar:  3 1/2 by 1 1/4" white

Head:  3 1/2 flesh colored circle

Yarn is attached at the top before the hat is glued down.

Hat:  5 x 2 1/2 inch white

The faces are drawn with marker or crayon.

Page Six

We see turkey and cranberries,

Corn and pumpkin pie.

A Thanksgiving Day dinner

Is what we spy!

The last page was done with patterns of the different foods.  Glitter was added to the pumpkin pie and the cranberries.  The kids love that glitter!

The book can be bound with a spiral binding, stapled, or holes punched and tied with ribbon or yarn. They make really cute books that the kids can read.  These are added to their Treasure Box of books!


The Thanksgiving Story (easier version!)

Another idea for the same book is listed below.  This book provides a picture for the children to color and add some of their own drawings.  Each page will need to be cut in half horizontally and collated.  The pages are not in numerical order. 

This is the cover of the book.  I usually put the cover (two on a page) on a separate master in order to copy on construction paper.    





Pages two and three: 

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Pages four and five: 





Pages six and one: 

Children can draw the other foods that are listed on this page.