Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

This is the feast

This is the feast

Diane Z. Shore
Illustrator:  Megan Lloyd 
Historical Fiction Picture Book
For ages 4 to 7
HarperCollins, 2008   ISBN: 978-0066237947

In 1620 a group of men, women, and children left behind the only life they knew to build new lives in America. Their dream was to be able to live in a place where they would not have to fear religious persecution. Their ship, the Mayflower, was tossed by ferocious storms. People were sick and fearful, but their prayers were answered and they reached America.

The people on the Mayflower - the pilgrims as they came to be called - had many troubles ahead of them as they tried to survive in America. Many of their number got sick and died. Food was scarce for many months, but then some Native Americans came to the Pilgrims' village and they taught the newcomers how to grow food in the new land.

With the help of the Native Americans the Pilgrims were able to bring in a good harvest in the fall, and their future was more secure.

In this attractive picture book Diane Z. Shore tells the familiar story of the first Thanksgiving using beautifully constructed rhymes that flow across the pages. The rhythm of the text is almost musical, and children will soon get caught up in the story of how the Pilgrims survived their first year in the New World. With powerful imagery and an obvious appreciation for the history of her country, Diane Z. Shore tells a compelling tale.