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It has some great pages but...
on November 30, 2011
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.