Thanksgiving Day Alphabet

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This ABC book cheerfully illuminates the classic American holiday with an eye on history and adventure. Hop aboard the Mayflower and voyage across the Atlantic. Meet the Wampanoag Indians and feast on turkey and corn while discovering William Bradford and Yellow Feather. Learn what famous American suggested celebrating the holiday nationwide and what United States president made it an official day of national honor. The book begins with a brief overview of Thanksgiving, setting the stage for all twenty-six ...

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Overview

This ABC book cheerfully illuminates the classic American holiday with an eye on history and adventure. Hop aboard the Mayflower and voyage across the Atlantic. Meet the Wampanoag Indians and feast on turkey and corn while discovering William Bradford and Yellow Feather. Learn what famous American suggested celebrating the holiday nationwide and what United States president made it an official day of national honor. The book begins with a brief overview of Thanksgiving, setting the stage for all twenty-six letters. Each entry includes a few sentences explaining the word's significance in the annual event.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
Each letter in this informative book about the historical roots of Thanksgiving is hand-drawn with a large, bold calligraphic style—the illustrations are "wrapped" around, over and through the giant-sized letters and the backgrounds are smallish wallpaperlike images representative of the text for the particular letter being discussed. The colorful illustrations have a slightly fuzzy quality that makes them look old- fashioned and suit the text perfectly. K is for king—King James I of England is shown in regal splendor and his stand that everyone must attend his church or be persecuted for failing to obey him (the king was head of the church), makes it clear that the people left England for religious reasons. Other historical aspects of the feast- filled holiday are included with such facts as: L is for Lincoln who proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863 ("...became president many years after the colonists landed in America"). N is for November, the month that Thanksgiving is celebrated and also the month that the Mayflower landed in 1620. It would have been helpful for the map showing the spot the ship reached was not just a depiction of the coastline of Massachusetts with Plymouth marked with an X ; a small detail, but I do think that readers need the perspective of the entire continent to gauge where the X is in relationship to where they live. On the P page we do see the Pilgrims' ("... travels for religious reasons") route on a map showing North America as well as Europe and Africa for perspective. " ... In time, all early Plymouth colonists became known as Pilgrims." Bringing the focus to current day is the Gpage. G is for the games probably played during the harvest festival—"Today, football games are an American Thanksgiving tradition" (in many households!). The introductory historical note and the addition of phonetic pronunciations for the Indian names help to make this a worthwhile addition to the body of Thanksgiving literature.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Beginning with a concise summary of the 1621 Massachusetts harvest festival with English colonists and Native Americans and the larger celebration that followed two years later, this picture book presents an alphabet of words inspired by events, people, and places related to the holiday. From the obvious (P is for Pilgrim) to the more difficult (W is for Wampanoag), the few sentences on each page define the term and its relationship to Thanksgiving as it was celebrated historically and in the present. Icons for each letter reduced to a wallpaper effect fill in behind larger painted illustrations, topped with oversized black, capital letters in script. The alphabetic format informs with unusual words and names (S is for Samoset and Squanto), creating a useful teaching tool all the way to "Z is for zea" (a family of tall grass that makes large ears of corn).-Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
America, games, harvest, feast, king of England, Indians, Lincoln, orange pumpkins, Pilgrims, November-all are among the eclectic choices for this ho-hum alphabetical look at the Thanksgiving Day of the past. The information is not new, but since the focus is on the past with nothing of the modern celebration, the early primary child will find little here that will bridge the gap to their own experience. The choice of organization means the text is composed of random snippets, with little transition or connection to the next item, except for the arbitrary connection to the letter of the alphabet. The information given is too much for an alphabet book, yet too little for research. While the illustrations are lovely, they are not enough to raise this title above the marginal purchase. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589803381
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Series: ABC Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,416,606
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Beverly Barras Vidrine is a member of the Writers' Guild of Acadiana and the Society of Children's Book Writers and
Illustrators. She is also the author of Easter Day Alphabet, St. Patrick's Day Alphabet , A Mardi Gras Dictionary, and A Christmas Dictionary , all published by Pelican. Mrs. Vidrine lives in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Alison Davis Lyne is a freelance illustrator who has worked on various picture books and covers for American Small Farm Magazine. She is the portrait artist for the Kentucky Commission on Women's Kentucky Women Remembered exhibit permanently on display in the state capitol rotunda. Lyne is the illustrator of Pelican's Bo and the Christmas Bandit, Bo and the Roaring Pines, Easter Day Alphabet, Evangeline for Children, G Is for Grits: A Southern Alphabet, Halloween Alphabet, Jacques et la Canne à Sucre: A Cajun Jack and the Beanstalk, Kudzu Chaos, and Thanksgiving Day Alphabet. She lives in Adairville, Kentucky.

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  • Posted July 10, 2010

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    Educational and fun

    Alphabet books are nothing new. They've been around since parents and schools started teaching children to read and write and have effectively used topics from animals to fruit to teach the alphabet. But while most use fun topics to teach the alphabet, Thanksgiving Day Alphabet doesn't just teach the alphabet, but educates children on all sorts of fun and historical facts about Thanksgiving.

    Thanksgiving Day Alphabet opens with a one page overview of Thanksgiving, when/how/why the first holiday was celebrated and is accompanied by a picture of pilgrims and Native Americans sitting around the first Thanksgiving table. Then it's on to the alphabet!

    The topics the author has chosen don't just center around the first Thanksgiving but instead, many teach about events that happened later in our country's history. For example:

    L is for Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln became president many years after the colonists landed in America. In 1863 he proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday.

    The author also avoided using the obvious for many of the letters. S is for squash? No, not in this version:

    S is for Samoset and Squanto. The two Native Americans became friends with the colonists. They spoke the English language and helped the settlers survive in the New World.

    Quill says: Thanksgiving Day Alphabet is the perfect way for children to learn about King James I of England, the Mayflower, the Wampanoag and lots of other things surrounding the celebration of Thanksgiving.

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