M Is For Mayflower



“M is for Mayflower” is a wonderful addition to our series of state alphabet books, as Raven’s sparkling verse and illuminating expository text are matched perfectly with Jeannie Brett’s bright illustrations.This pictorial celebrates the treasures of the Bay State, and educates as it entertains elementary-aged New Englanders. Older readers will appreciate the guided tour through Massachusetts’ history, and will learn more about their unique home. Where else could you find John F. Kennedy, Emily Dickinson, and Walden’s Henry David Thoreau sharing the spotlight with Roxbury Puddingstones and the Quabbin Reservoir? Only in “M is for Mayflower.”



Jeannie Brett

Jeannie enjoys visiting elementary schools around New England, sharing with both students and educators her original artwork, her love of the natural world and her excitement about the process of illustrating and writing children’s books. Jeannie studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She lives in York, Maine, with her husband Greg, and their three children, Gregory, Sophie, and Lee. They share their home with a horse named Bailey, a wonderful Newfoundland, Cali, and two enormous cats (brothers) Macaroni and Tortellini.



Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Sleeping Bear Press
ISBN 1585360724 (ISBN13: 9781585360727)
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From Publishers Weekly:

As a mom & former teacher I loved this book for both mom’s & teachers.  The pictures are great & the facts are very interesting & can be adapted for all ages.


Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D. – Children’s Literature

Chock full of information, this picture book provides a wealth of information about the state of Massachusetts. Four-line rhymes introduce important people and aspects of the state for each letter of the alphabet. Reading just these rhymes and looking at the illustrations would satisfy young children.

Sidebar expositories provide additional facts and details for older students. Although Massachusetts is one of the smallest states, it is one of the richest in history. Readers of all ages will discover fascinating facts in both the text and the beautifully detailed illustrations. An important addition to books on the state. 2002, Sleeping Bear Press, Ages 6 to 10.


By Marcelle E., February 23, 2003

I purchased ‘M is for Mayflower’ and ‘C is for Centennial’ for my niece. After reviewing the books, I found that they have several different levels of learning within the illustrations and text that will make these books readable for years to come for her. She seems to like them, and is attracted by the colorful illustrations.

Because I live in MA and she lives in CO, she is eager to learn about the place where her auntie is. These books are good, fun learning tools that will help prepare a child for elementary social studies classes.


Boston Herald

In this picture book, Concord writer Raven and Hingham illustrator Brett have fun organizing a grab bag of factoids about the commonwealth. Each letter of the alphabet is accompanied by a few rhyming lines. While these are little more than ditties, the illustrations of landmarks and accompanying information make this a good gift for young Thanksgiving visitors.


Berkshire Eagle
The (Pittsfield, MA)
November 14, 2002

A good book is the best gift
By Lesley Ann Beck

“M is for Mayflower: A Massachusetts Alphabet” by Margot Theis Raven, illustrated by Jeannie Brett, published by Sleeping Bear Press.

This charming book for young readers is a delightful snapshot of our state, with lots of history and fun facts. The first page features A is for Algonquin, and mentions Mt. Greylock as the highest peak in the state. Other area mentions include N is for Norman Rockwell and the nearby Q is for Quabbin and P is for poet, Emily Dickinson.