The history, traditions and popular customs relating to Thanksgiving¾a national holiday make up the text of this book. Readers learn that President Abraham Lincoln established the holiday, which is now celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. The pictures show a Thanksgiving Day parade, family and friends gathering for a feast and while mention is made of football games, no picture is shown. There is a glossary, and it might have been quite useful to define blessings, since that is what the book is all about according to the opening page¾"People give thanks for their blessings on Thanksgiving." The concluding pages offer a words to know section, mini bibliography and reference to Internet sites. There is an index/word list. Part of the "Holidays and Celebrations" series. 2002, Pebble Books/Capstone Press, $14.60. Ages 5 to 7. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
Mari Schuh has written more than 100 nonfiction books for children, covering a wide range of science and social studies topics. She has written numerous articles for daily newspapers and has presented at the West Virginia Book Festival. Mari enjoys visiting the amazing two-story butterfly room at the Milwaukee Public Museum. She also recently spotted a praying mantis for the first time. Mari lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Joe, and their house rabbit, Kindle.