Hennessy (The First Night) and Cravath (A My Name Is...) use a familiar rhyme to introduce first 10 pilgrims, then 10 Wampanoag, all of them children hard at work and all of them coming together for a feast at the end. Freely rendered, cheerful pictures belie the author's and illustrator's research into the daily lives of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag (e.g., for a spread about planting crops, Cravath shows a Wampanoag boy planting a fish; the informative endnotes include the explanation that the fish served as a type of compost). A spread of ""1 big, 2 big, 3 big turkeys,"" etc., is superfluous, but the final picture of all 20 neighbors resolutely captures the festive and collaborative mood of the holiday. Ages 3-8. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 08/30/1999 Release date: 09/01/1999 Genre: Children's
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