Filled with concise chapters and interesting prose, this book makes Thanksgiving and the history of the pilgrims accessible to elementary school children. Readers will come away from this book with an authentic picture of the holiday and its symbols. The author covers much ground here through chapters about pilgrim mothers, clothes, faces, and such symbols as Indian corn, pumpkins, Tom turkey and the horn of plenty. Pertinent blackandwhite sketches adorn each page to help bring the teXt to life. This book is an eXcellent resource for grade school teachers to use in their social studies and history classes. This edition includes various Thanksgiving activities and recipes. The title is one in Clarion's series about holiday traditions that have been revised and reissued. 2000 (orig. 1975), Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin, $16.00 and $7.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Jeanne K. Pettenati <%ISBN%> 0618067833
- Mary Quattlebaum
This book tells the story of Thanksgiving in North America. Barth devotes a short chapter each to topics of interest to child readers. There is a chapter on the cranberry and how it got its name, and one on the Indian neighbors and the importance of their help to the struggling colonists. Another chapter highlights the pilgrim children and includes anecdotes about the mischievous Billington brothers. John Billington was lost in the woods for five days and ate wintergreen and partridge berries until some Indians found him. The Indians returned him to the distraught Pilgrims and gave him strings of wampum as a gift. While climbing a tree one day, Francis Billington saw a vast wash of shining water and thought he had sighted the Pacific Ocean. The pond he had actually discovered is still called "Billington's Sea." Ursula Arndt's black line drawings, with touches of yellow, meticulously detail aspects of the Pilgrims' life, from their clothing to the appearance of their two dogs.