Depicts the story of the first Thanksgiving, three days of feasting during which the Pilgrims celebrated their survival of their first year at Plymouth and their thanks for the help of their neighbors, the Indians.Publishers Description
This is Thanksgiving, a time to remember the friendships and freedoms we all share together.
When the Pilgrims embarked on their legendary Mayflower voyage in 1620, they couldn't predict what lay ahead of them. In search of religious freedom and a new life, the settlers faced hardships including harsh storms, illness, and unfamiliar terrain. Thanks to their natural perseverance and the help of their neighbor Indians, the Pilgrims survived their first year. And when the harvest the next fall was plentiful, the Pilgrims and the Indians joined together in a three-day celebration, the first Thanksgiving.
Diane Z. Shore's lyrical, rhythmic verse and Megan Lloyd's lively, joyful illustrations bring the Pilgrims' harrowing experience to life and demonstrate the strong bonds for which we give thanks every year.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 9" Height: 11"
Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2008
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
Availability 3 units.
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|Great lesson about Thanksgiving Dec 11, 2008|
|Reviewed by Cayden Aures (age 4) and Mom for Reader Views (12/08) |
"This is the Feast" is the story of the first Thanksgiving. The book begins with the Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower, struggling, and unsure of what lies ahead. They arrive in America and with the help of the Indians they survive the first year. With their bountiful harvest they hold a three-day celebration, called Thanksgiving.
Cayden: "I learned about Thanksgiving and Pilgrims in school. I didn't like when they were on the big boat with the sails because it stormed and they got sick. I liked when they planted food and the Indians helped them. They had weird things to eat for Thanksgiving though like fish and cheese and lobsters!"
Cayden had just learned about Thanksgiving in school so "This is the Feast" was a great tool for reinforcing and building upon what he already knew. The history lesson is presented in a lyrical verse form and the illustrations are excellent at portraying the hardships that the Pilgrims faced. "This is the Feast" by Diane Z. Shore is a great educational reference and one of the best children's books about the Thanksgiving holiday that I have read.
|Best Thanksgiving book Nov 9, 2008|
|I've looked at quite a few Thanksgiving books, and this was the best one I could find to read to both a 3-year-old and a 9-year-old. I was looking for a description of the history of Thanksgiving (why we celebrate it), and the other books I found were either the "fairy tale" kind that totally glossed over everything but the good stuff, or the drier than a textbook kind. This was a happy medium, and both my kids like it. It was just detailed enough to give me an entry into explaining more to the 9-year-old, and "fun" enough to keep the 3-year-old entertained. Good book!|
|If you can only choose 1, pick This is the Feast Nov 6, 2008|
|Opening with images of the Mayflower sailing across the ocean, This is the Feast guides young readers through the arrival of the Pilgrims in America and culminates with the first Thanksgiving. Simple rhyming text paired with light-filled illustrations brings the history of this time-honoured tradition to life.|
Written for 4 - 8-year-olds, Diane Shore's text avoids delving into graphic depictions of the hardships the Pilgrims experienced during their voyage and consequent arrival in America. Nor does she gloss over them, providing simple explanations of the difficulties and trials facing the Pilgrims.
As an experienced children's author and frequent presenter in schools, Shore is well acquainted with the words that create satisfaction in the young heart. Her text is rhythmic and features repetitive elements. Nearly every rhyming couplet begins with the words "This is..." or "These are...".
After three such couplets are written, Shore gathers three sets of couplets, starts with her traditional opening in the first couplet only, and closes with a cry of praise to God. Repetitive structures produce some of the strongest children's literature. Rhythm and rhyme feed the child's mind and satisfy the soul, This is the Feast excels in both.
Megan Lloyd provides a superb compliment to the text with magnificent illustrations that are full of saturated colours and texture. She successfully uses light to create emotional tension throughout the story the illustrations accompany.
The opening picture of the Mayflower on the sea is striking; the play of colours on the water and in the sky makes my heart soar. Her use of layering creates activity in the scenes and she absolutely excels in her detailed depictions of livestock and agriculture. The combination of her talent with Shore's words seals the deal on this title, raising my estimation of their work from good to superb.
Many children's books fall short of historical accuracy and consistency in their illustrations but This is the Feast is far above such shoddy workmanship. For example, no forks are shown in eating scenes, only the occasional spoon.
Upon first glance readers might be suspect of the shades chosen for clothing colours. Didn't the Pilgrims wear only black? This pervasive myth is historically inaccurate; the Pilgrims wore a variety of colours, though likely not as bright as our clothing due to the vegetable dyes used. To enhance the moods presented the dresses in dark colours are reserved for scenes depicting hardship and travail, while vibrant, jewel-like tones are used in scenes of rejoicing. Some of the colours are perhaps a bit on the bright side, but add to the delicious use of light throughout the illustrations that depict joy and freedom.
Shore makes no efforts to disguise or minimize the strong spiritual drive that sent the Pilgrims to America in their search for the freedom to worship God according to their conscience. What a relief in a post-Christian society that is seeking to secularize much of history. Throughout the text the Pilgrims turn to God for sustenance and praise His name for his providence, beautifully revealing the deeply Christian roots of Thanksgiving.
This is the Feast provides a brief, uplifting read for this season of thankfulness. Once begun it will captivate both the most reluctant of readers and the most fervent. Holding appeal for a much wider age range than it is written for; my two year old and forty-something husband were equally entranced. I can think of no better title with which to accurately and entertainingly introduce the history of Thanksgiving to young children.
|Nice lesson about Thanksgiving but needs to lighten up a bit Oct 30, 2008|
|Amid the scores of Christmas books, it is nice to see one highlighting the holiday of Thanksgiving. This Is The Feast, is a colorful, lyrical story of the pilgrims' first year. The story begins with the harrowing trip across the ocean on the Mayflower, covers the hardships of the first year in Massachusetts, the appearance of the Indians through the first bountiful harvest and Thanksgiving feast. In keeping with the tone of the times, "Thanks be to God for..." with a different ending is used every few pages to end the thought or event described.|
The illustrations for This Is The Feast are bright, detailed, and sure to encourage conversations between child and parent. The hardworking pilgrims are shown planting, cutting trees for homes, harvesting, and greeting the Indians. Plenty of animals are included too, from dogs and cats to goats and plump, happy chickens.
The one problem I had with this title is that the author goes a bit overboard with the hardships the pilgrims faced. Geared toward three to eight-year-olds (according to the book jacket), I think it is sufficient to say life was hard. Instead, one page explains, "This is the hearth, soothing the soul, as death and disease take a terrible toll." The picture shows women and children working around the hearth, with an ill-looking man in a bed in the background. I feel this goes a bit too far in a young children's book. Also, be sure to read the historical note at the start so that when "Squanto his name, a keen-eyed Patuxet the plague didn't claim," is read, you will be able to explain to your young audience who the Patuxets were and what happened to them.
Quill says: A bit harsh about the realities of Thanksgiving, but overall a good book to teach children about this holiday.
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