Do not let the old-fashioned cover fool you—this edition from the "Rookie Read-About Holidays" series teaches an interesting and thorough lesson about the American Thanksgiving holiday. The table of contents shows readers where they can find information, such as how the holiday began and how it is celebrated today. "Fast Facts" are scattered throughout the book, including the year Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday, and the average number of turkeys Americans eat each day of thanks. The back of the book contains additional classroom aids: how to make a thankful tree, and a "show us what you know" section to quiz students on what they learned about the holiday. The accompanying pictures range from a map, to reenacted scenes from the holiday's origins, to a calendar and modern day pictures of families celebrating Thanksgiving. This book, and likely many others from this series, would be a good asset in libraries for students researching holidays. Reviewer: Jillian Kobelin
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—This set offers concise historical information and an unbiased evaluation of the cultural significance of holidays. Every aspect of this series seems perfectly tailored to Common Core classrooms that strive to make nonfiction exciting. Clever chapter headings, such as "Meet a Furry Forecaster!" in Groundhog Day, draw students in. "Fast Fact!" text boxes and photo captions will grab their attention while providing additional information. Reproductions and gorgeous, glossy color photos will spark conversations. For example, one photo shows a woman holding an enormous groundhog aloft. Calendars invite numerical and spatial learning, and the arts-and-crafts projects will help readers synthesize facts. Even the tables of contents and glossaries are visually dynamic. Not a single inch of page space is wasted (e.g., page numbers are presented inside icons in the shape of the holiday's symbol, such as a groundhog, heart or dreidel). Students will appreciate and be entertained by discovering new details with each read.