From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6-This alphabet book pairs each letter with a short poem and a sidebar that provides further information about the ideas presented in the verses. Unfortunately, along with the Thanksgiving theme, Crane tries to incorporate American democratic ideals into the text, resulting in poetry that is often contrived and sentimental. For the letter "I" she writes, "With Individual rights,/the Pilgrims' inspiration and intent/was to insure all people/what religious freedom meant." This is not only an awkward rhyme, but it is also incorrect. Pilgrims were generally intolerant of other religions. The entry for "L" projects Revolutionary War sentiments back onto the Pilgrims, "Land, land ho! At last, America!/Our dreams have come true./Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness!/Oh Lord, we thank you!" In the sidebar on the "J" page, the author states that "many" guests leave Thanksgiving meals with "jars of jam or jelly cooked and canned during harvest season," yet the next sentence reads, "Canning and preserving is almost a lost art-." Some of the themes for the letters have little to do with Thanksgiving, e.g., "B" is for the "Bill of Rights." The best part of this book is the colorful artwork. The paintings are done in warm tones and portray an idealistic view of Colonial America.Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
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About the Author
Carol Crane has written 14 books for Sleeping Bear Press, including the best-selling P is for Pilgrim: A Thanksgiving Alphabet. As a children's literature advocate, Carol travels across the country, speaking at schools and many conferences. She makes her home in North Carolina.