....a Thanksgiving Alphabet
Welcome to Perfect Picture Book Fridays, where we review picture books which we deem worthy of mention. This concept was created by Susanna Hill, and is a helpful resource for librarians, teachers and parents. For a list of all books reviewed so far, along with activities to complement them, click here.
This month I'm focusing on, of course, the Thanksgiving theme!
Author: Carol Crane
Illustrator: Helle Urban
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Ages: 8 to 12
Themes: Thanksgiving, Pilgrims, Native Americans, Early American History
First lines: Across the Atlantic Ocean, a lone ship on a vast sea. Ablaze with new hope, all praying to be free.
Book Flap: from the lives of our early settlers, who established the foundations for American freedoms and ideals, to today's celebrations, P is for Pilgrim colorfully examines the history and lore of Thanksgiving.
Author Carol Crane's lilting poems will captivate young readers, while the Core Democratic Values, woven into the informative sidebar text, will be of tremendous value to teachers, students and parents. Warmly and charmingly illustrated by Helle Urban, P is for Pilgrim: A Thanksgiving Alphabet is a treasure for all readers.
Why I like it: This book is complete with background information about the founding of our country, not just Thanksgiving. It also shares the difficulties the Pilgrims had in a realistic way, and goes more into depth about the native Americans involved in the settling of our nation.
Sleeping Bear Press has a PDF file of many activities relating to P is for Pilgrims: