*Originally reviewed in September 2008*
Mary’s First Thanksgiving by Kathy-jo Wargin
Illustrated by Robert Papp
Genre: Christian Children’s Book
Suggested Reading Ages: 4-7
Pages: 32 Jacketed Hardcover
9.3 wide x 11.1 high x 0.4 deep in.
Date Published: August 2008
Mary is a modern pilgrim girl whose family came to this country for religious freedom. Her family faces hardships, but through the story of the first Thanksgiving, Mary recognizes her blessings.
Most days, Mary loves her new home in America. But now it’s Thanksgiving time, and her family has little food. Mary begins to wish she could go back to Ireland. Life isn’t fair. Even the gift of a pumpkin pie from a kind neighbor doesn’t cheer her. So, Father tells Mary a story of how the Pilgrims struggled when they first came to America. The seeds they brought with them wouldn’t grow. Native Americans showed the new settlers how to make the soil grow crops. That instruction helped, but the Pilgrims still faced hardships. There were times when they had barely enough food. But five kernels of corn helped the Pilgrims survive and made their faith stronger.
Will the legend of the five kernels help grow a new faith in Mary too?
Absolutely wonderful! After reading this book I had chills. This is an inspirational story of gratefulness and Kathy-jo does a great job of telling it. The story is wonderful and a lesson to keep with you always. This makes a perfect Thanksgiving book, but I’d say it could be on the shelf year round. The pictures are incredible, absolutely amazing! I have never seen such in a children’s book that I have ever liked more. They are so life-like I almost insist they were from a a camera. Robert Papp is my new favorite artist, they are just that good.
I cannot rant and rave about this book enough. Get it for your shelves, get it for your friends. The pages within are so touching and great. I know this is a definite keeper and I’m glad.
*Thanks to Jean of Zondervan for providing a copy for review.*
About the Authors:
When Kathy-jo Wargin was a young girl, each night after dinner, her mother let her choose between washing the dishes or writing a poem. Before long, she decided that if she grew up to be a writer, she wouldn’t have to do any dishes. She has since learned that even though she has published more than twenty award-winning books for children, she still has to wash the dishes. Kathy-jo lives in Minnesota with her husband and her son. Go to her website www.kathy-jowargin.com
Robert Papp says he’s one lucky guy. “Every day I wake up and get to play with paint!” Ever since his first gallery showing on his family’s refrigerator, he has been creating appetizing artwork. Nowadays his paintings appear in the pages of children’s books instead, which he finds perfect since kids are the best audience an artist can ever have. Robert lives with his artist wife, Lisa, and their orange cat in historic Bucks County Pennsylvania, and if you ever visit, you might still find a painting or two stuck to the refrigerator.