- P is for Pilgrim: A Thanksgiving Alphabet published by Sleeping Bear Press
- Written by: Carol Crane
- Illustrated by: Helle Urban
- We recommend this book for kids ages 4 and up
What It Is
As the name and subtitle indicate, this picture book takes readers through many key terms and symbols commonly associated with the Thanksgiving tradition, starting with “A” for the Atlantic Ocean which the Pilgrims crossed to get to the New World, right through “Z” — “zippy bands zigzagging down the street” during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.
Is It Fun?
This is a nice addition to the traditional Thanksgiving story of the Pilgrims’ landing in Plymouth for families. Carol Crane’s alphabet journey is packed with interesting tidbits about the holiday throughout U.S. history. For example, the letter “E” is for editor, and tells us about Sarah Hale who first petitioned the President to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. It took her 15 years and lots of letters, but it was President Lincoln who finally issued the official Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1863.
Who It’s For
Kids as young as four will enjoy this book’s pictures and quick verses for each letter. And, a sidebar for each letter gives a more in depth history for inquisitive elementary school kids. P is for Pilgrim is a terrific book for the classroom, and the publisher has a pretty extensive teaching guide on www.sleepingbearpress.com.
What To Be Aware Of
For those looking for the traditional story of Thanksgiving, this is not the book for you. However, anyone can learn something from these tidbits of information making it a great annual selection at the local library.