Book Review: Thanksgiving: A Time to Remember

Rating: ★★★★☆

In this book Barbara Rainey has provided Christian families with a unique rendition of the Thanksgiving story. Written for the whole family, the core of the story is given in large text for reading aloud, with more details for adults and teens added in smaller font and sidebars. At both reading levels, Rainey integrates many historic details and specific events, weaving them together in a readable story which progresses from the events leading up to the original Pilgrim feast to today’s modern observance of the day.

Written from a particularly Christian perspective, this book does a great job drawing us into a spiritual meditation of God’s gracious generosity, which we easily lose sight of in the midst of holiday hassles. Illustrated beautifully enough to be a coffee table book, it works as a long read-aloud for an upper-elementary audience, and its research is detailed enough to interest both teens and adults. There’s a sizeable end section for recording family gratitude-lists, an instrumental cd to play during the holiday time, and (if you don’t have time to read it aloud yourself) the entire book also comes in audio version. This is a great resource for Christian families who wish to be purposeful about their holiday observance.

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Publication Information: Rainey, Barbara. Thanksgiving: A Time to Remember. Crossway. 2003. ISBN: 1581345380.
Categories: 4 Stars, Age 08-12
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Posted on November 18, 2014

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