In the fall of 1621, a group of 52 settlers from England had a party that lasted for a week. Their guests were a hundred Native Americans, including the settlers' special friend Squanto. For the Pilgrims, the celebration marked their first successful harvest in their new homeland after a year of struggle and loss. This festival has become known as the first Thanksgiving. About half the Pilgrims who celebrated that autumn were children age 16 and under. Their role in the festival and in the day-to-day life of Plymouth Village is vividly conveyed in this book, which answers such questions as: What happened when the Pilgrims and Indians met? What was the first thing the Pilgrims did to get ready for their harvest festival? Was the food cooked outdoors? Did the children help? Who had to wash the dishes?