Holiday House, 2004
From the dust jacket: “Thanksgiving is turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. It is parades with giant balloons. It is a holiday for remembering the Pilgrims and the Indians they met. Most of all, it is a time to share with family and friends, and a time to give thanks for many blessings.”
The author of this picture book gives the reader a nice overview of why Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, both past and present. She also covers harvest festivals of the way, way back past – like ancient Egypt and Greece as well as the Middle Ages. The illustrations are nice watercolors of mostly the same face just in different clothing. There aren’t enough persons of color in the scenes, but like I said the paintings are nice.
Rating 3 out of 5 paws because the overall message of the book is to be thankful for our many blessings!