From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2?By using the phrase structure Thanksgiving Is..., Borden describes the first Thanksgiving while linking today's traditions to the past. The story is flat and confusing. Readers may wonder why some of the voyagers are Pilgrims and some are not, how the Pilgrims worshipped, and where they traveled. The watercolor-and-pen illustrations are unappealing; almost every character has a strange, very large nose. The sections of the text that rhyme are forced and trite. Better selections for beginning readers include Linda Hayward's The First Thanksgiving (Random, 1990) and Jack Prelutsky's It's Thanksgiving (Greenwillow, 1982). To enhance an understanding of the holiday, read aloud Jean Craighead George's The First Thanksgiving (Philomel, 1993) and Eve Bunting's How Many Days to America? (Clarion, 1988). A mundane offering.?Gale W. Sherman, Pocatello Public Library, ID
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Gr. 1^-2. Thanksgiving gets a very nice treatment in a book that will explain the holiday to new readers. Although the text is concise, it has a nice flow, and it also manages to get in lots of information. For instance, in discussing the Mayflower'
s passengers: "Some are Pilgrims. / Some are not. 70 men and women, / 32 dogs, / no cats, / and a few hens." The ink-and-watercolor artwork is sprightly and expands upon the pithy narrative. The final spread brings the book out of history and into a modern Thanksgiving feast, linking heritage with the happy celebration we associate with the holiday. Ilene Cooper