cover image One Little, Two Little, Three Little, Pilgrims

One Little, Two Little, Three Little, Pilgrims

B. G. Hennessy. Viking Children's Books, $15.99 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-670-87779-9

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.)