Book Review | The Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving from A to Z

Title: Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving From A To Z, The

Author: Laura Crawford

About the Book:

Filled with gorgeously vivid illustrations, The Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving from A to Z is an alphabetized version of the Pilgrims’ story, tracing their arrival on the Mayflower to their first harvest festival in 1621. Incorporating American ideals of freedom and gratitude to God alongside the hardships of Pilgrim life, the book teaches geographical, cultural, and historical facts in a friendly, accessible style.

The people, places, foods, items, and events related to the first Thanksgiving are colorfully represented, teaching children that A is for Atlantic Ocean, I is for Indian friends, N is for November, P is for Plymouth, U is for unity, and much more.

My Review:

It has been very difficult for me to find historically based Thanksgiving books that are specifically geared towards younger children. The Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving from A to Z by Laura Crawford is exactly the type of book that I have been searching for in order to help teach my children about this holiday. The text is engaging and my children were captivated as they were transported back in time to the year, 1620. My four and five year old children enjoyed learning about pilgrim life while practicing their ABC’s and their six year old brother is learning the meaning of new words such as “hardship”, “leader” and “quahog.” The illustrations by Judith Hierstein are brilliantly detailed and capture life as it was in the New World.

You can purchase your copy of The Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving from A to Z from Pelican Publishing for only $6.36.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*


Maureen is a SAHM who left the Corporate healthcare field to home educate her 6, 7 and 8 year old children. She is a voracious reader for both herself & her kids and also enjoys a natural and organic lifestyle. She lives in Orlando, Fl with her husband Mark, three children and 5 year old boxer, Jack.

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