|About the Book|
The Plymouth Thanksgiving is a readable, straightforward retelling of the events leading up to the American Thanksgiving, targeted for readers ages 4-8. Based on William Bradfords diary, it tells the story of the Plymouth settlers in their difficult journey, first to Holland and then to the New World, and of their struggle to survive their first year in Massachusetts.It is written and illustrated by Leonard Weisgard, who won the Caldecott Medal in 1947 for his illustrations of The Little Island and, like most childrens books of this era, its well-drawn pictures are printed in few colors. This lends the story a certain charming simplicity, and the illustrations serve to supplement rather than carry the story.The only flaw of this book is that in the description of the feast the Indian participants are three times referred to as braves, squ*ws and children. This is probably be a reflection of the terms used in historical documents, but the terms brave and squ*w in recent decades have taken on strong racist overtones, and the word squ*w now carries a sexual connotation. If you own the book, it would be very simple to correct the phrase to men, women and children with some white-out.This charming story is unfortunately out of print, but is still available on the used-book market. Its a fine addition to the holiday reading basket.