Monday, November 17, 2008

This is The Feast

This is The Feast by Diane Z. Shore. Illustrated by Megan Lloyd.

This is the Feast is a picture book about the Pilgrims and the Indians and the "first" Thanksgiving. The art--the illustrations were beautiful. Especially the opening image of the Mayflower ship. The text begins simply, "This is the Mayflower, sturdy and strong. Her sails skim the skies as she journeys along." See, that's nice, isn't it? The rhyming continues, "These are the Pilgrims, down on their knees, seasick and frightened on rough, rolling seas."

Some pages are simple. Small amount of text. Large illustrations. Others are heavier and bulkier.

"Land ho! America! World unknown, a wilderness wild, a place to call home that greeted the Pilgrims, fearful but brave, who sailed off to Freedom through wind and through wave across the Atlantic, so far and so wide. Thanks be to God, our strength and our guide."

The pages with less text work better in my opinion. The rhymes, the rhythm, the flow seem better with the less is more philosophy. The bulkier sections don't always quite work for me.

But generally speaking, I think this is a fairly good book for the season.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to read that I wasn't the only one having a bit of trouble with some pages.

It was definitely a nice holiday book.