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P is for Pilgrim: A Thanksgiving Alphabet Hardcover – August 22, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Series: Discover America State By State. Alphabet Series
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press; 1 edition (August 22, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585361348
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585361342
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 11.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,435,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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.

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This is a great book for your little ones.
Rod Fleck
Native Americans had been here for many years and not had a day of Thanksgiving to praise God for their harvest.
p31Mom
The text is very engaging and the the facts are great for older students.
Lynn Ellingwood

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Ellingwood VINE VOICE on January 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I love this alphabet series and since it rarely is found in paperbook form, I was lucky to purchase it post-holiday. The text is very engaging and the the facts are great for older students.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rod Fleck on January 12, 2008
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This is a great book for your little ones. Covers things in a general way with each letter and then in a column on each page is more detail. So, its a great book for multiple ages. This series is probably one you should consider having in your school - I purchase the books associated with my kids family history and then we can read and talk about the state/subject while adding a few family history lessons into the mix. Illustrations are great and the kids really enjoy them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By p31Mom on November 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
the illustrations are beautiful. There are interesting historical tidbits throughout the books.
But this is not best the book for reading straight through for a younger child as the pages do not go in the order of the story. The subjects associated with the letters jump all place, all around the Pilgrim story, from 1620 to jamestown to modern times and back again. It starts out with A=Atlantic Ocean and features the map of the Mayflower journey. After that it completely jumps: B=Bill of Rights...? 1620/Pilgrims was 150+ yrs before the Bill of Rights. For young children, this is a confusing association. C=Corn and back to the the pilgrims. There is a strong emphasis on the local Native Americans who are part of the Thanksgiving story but not the featured players. Native Americans had been here for many years and not had a day of Thanksgiving to praise God for their harvest. They are also not the reason for our successful, modern nation. G="a Great Creator gives the gift of all things. Gardens of nature, our gratitude sings" Ok, that sounds appropriate for a holiday dedicated to thanking God for our needs being met and for freedom to worship him. However, H=Harvest time, helping hands, and hope, food to share and store. Praising the land and gathering crops, as one forevermore" sort of ruins the allusion to the Christian holiday that Thanksgiving specifically is. there is a strong, overt theme of diversity throughout the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Hudsonhonda on January 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book had so many interesting facts about Thanksgiving and the illustrations are great. The adults and children in my family loved this book and because of the rhyming portion even very young children will love this book and get something out of it. There are alphabet books for almost any subject and for every state in the US and I have never been disappointed with any of them.
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