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This Is the Feast
     

This Is the Feast

3.8 8
by Diane Z. Shore, Megan Lloyd
 

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This is Thanksgiving, a time to remember the friendships and freedoms we all share together.

When the Pilgrims embarked on their legendary Mayflower voyage in 1620, they couldn't predict what lay ahead of them. In search of religious freedom and a new life, the settlers faced hardships including harsh storms, illness, and

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This is Thanksgiving, a time to remember the friendships and freedoms we all share together.

When the Pilgrims embarked on their legendary Mayflower voyage in 1620, they couldn't predict what lay ahead of them. In search of religious freedom and a new life, the settlers faced hardships including harsh storms, illness, and unfamiliar terrain. Thanks to their natural perseverance and the help of their neighbor Indians, the Pilgrims survived their first year. And when the harvest the next fall was plentiful, the Pilgrims and the Indians joined together in a three-day celebration, the first Thanksgiving.

Diane Z. Shore's lyrical, rhythmic verse and Megan Lloyd's lively, joyful illustrations bring the Pilgrims' harrowing experience to life and demonstrate the strong bonds for which we give thanks every year.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
The sense of Thanksgiving is captured on every page of this rhymed presentation of the celebration held by the Plymouth colony in 1621. Opening with a striking illustration of the Mayflower sailing across a double spread, the text describes the arduous journey: "These are the Pilgrims, down on their knees,/seasick and frightened on rough, rolling seas." Lloyd has obviously done a great deal of research; her depictions of the people, their clothes, and possessions are meticulous, as well as colorful and engaging. Once land is sighted, the lookout cries "Thanks be to God, our strength and our guide." Shore's text gives a great deal of history while advancing the storyline of the upcoming feast. The reader is given a clear view of the difficulties the people faced and introduces Tisquantum (Squanto) as the Patuxet Indian who taught them how to plant maize and other crops. "Thanks be to God for this wise, clever man." The foods available and illustrated at the feast of Thanksgiving are in keeping with what we know about the time and the scene is not sentimentalized. Details such as a woman scraping sugar from a sugar cone add to the authenticity of the illustrations. Readers will find this a wealth of subtle information (spoons carved from wood, oysters and fish as part of the feast, and not a silver shoe buckle in sight)! Shore and Lloyd have joined their talents to create a book that will be an informative, discussible, and enjoyable peek into the past. "Thanks be to God for their creative gift to us." Reviewer: Sheilah Egan
Kirkus Reviews
A modified "House that Jack Built" rhythm follows the Pilgrims as they make their way "to freedom through wind and through wave / across the Atlantic, so far and so wide," huddle near "the hearth, soothing the soul, / as death and disease take a terrible toll," plant "the fields, stubbled, unclaimed, / cleared by Patxuets before the plague came" and celebrate their first Thanksgiving. Shore packs a lot into the verse, which leaves out some information (what plague?) but conveys more of the nuance of the story than is often presented to young readers. Lloyd's primitive-inspired paintings effectively complement both verse and tale. (Picture book. 4-8)
ALA Booklist
“With the bouncy rhyme and sun-filled illustrations, this offers an idyllic view of the happy holiday, fun for sharing with preschoolers before the holiday.”
Black Issues Book Review
“A poetic mosaic.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780064438506
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/23/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
729,088
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Diane Z. Shore and Jessica Alexander have collaborated on several children's books, including This Is the Dream and This Is the Game. One thing they have learned while cowriting stories is that when people work together, great things can happen. Both authors live with their families in metro Atlanta, Georgia.

Megan Lloyd has illustrated more than forty books for children, including The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams, Thanksgiving at the Tappletons' by Eileen Spinelli, and The Mixed-Up Rooster by Pamela Duncan Edwards. She lives with her husband on a farm in Pennsylvania, where she raises sheep, chickens, and cows. Some of the rabbits from her vegetable garden have even been kind enough to allow Ms. Lloyd to sketch them as models for this book.

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This Is the Feast 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With it's wonderful prose & illustrations, and excellent content, I recommend this book to other parents.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a little advanced for my 3 year olds but I think it will be a wonderful Thanksgiving book for them to grow into. It also read well out loud. The meter and rhymes were well done.
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elemteach More than 1 year ago
I happened by Barnes & Noble yesterday and in the Thanksgiving section found this gem front and center. The pictures are stunning and very detailed (she even included the two dogs that came along with the the Pilgrims) and the text is beautiful and filled with lots of facts you don't find in other Thanksgivng picture books. It's written in perfect rhyme and starts with the Mayflower voyage and ends with the three day feast celebrating the harvest of 1621. Gorgeous book. P. Oliver
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