Sunday, November 20, 2016

Stories of Thanks Giving

If you've been reading to children, by now you may be a little tired of turkeys and Pilgrims, so here are two different looks at what the holiday is all about.

Nickommoh by Jackie French Koller shows us the sort of harvest celebration of thanks that the Native Americans of the Plymouth region would have held. The earth toned pictures evoke natural pigments as they show the Narragansett people gathering and preparing for their feast of thanks. Their cultural influence is evident in the Pilgrims' Thanksgiving

How Many Days to America? by Eve Bunting follows a refugee family fleeing soldiers. The small boat's motor fails, thieves take everything precious, and hope is almost lost. The soft pastel illustrations let the family be any family that has sought a new life in freedom. Bunting reminds us that the Pilgrims too were refugees and immigrants as the boat finally lands on Thanksgiving and the people are welcomed ashore.

Review by Carolyn Caywood, retired from VBPL 

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