The delightful illustrations in this book from the "Hello Reader!" series combine with simple text to describe Thanksgiving. The text is not a narrative, but rather a collection of facts and ideas about Thanksgiving. For the child already familiar with Thanksgiving's origins and traditions, this book provides impressions of how the Pilgrims came to their new home and the hard work and cooperation that went in to the first harvest. Teachers or parents might use this book to spark discussion about what Thanksgiving means to children.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2By 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