Albert's Thanksgiving

Summary:

The Pleasant Valley PTA is preparing for the children's annual Thanksgiving Feast, and everyone is busy--especially Albert the duck--working on the last-minute details.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

The story moves along easily and the illustrations are chock full of details and activities that engage young (and older) readers. It even has the recipe for Albert's famous pumpkin pizza dessert!

Content Awareness Factors:

The wordiness could be too much for younger readers. You may need to make up the story based on the activity in the illustrations.


Little Kid Reaction

When we begin reading this story, all activity stops. There's at least one "who's this?" on every page.

Parent Reaction

It's a fun story for kids and parents alike, although parents are more likely to relate to the flurry of activity and chuckle at the PTA president's leadership style.

Type of Book:
This is a great story for the season. Although Albert seems to be called upon a few-too-many times, in the end, Albert gets some help, too.
Educational Themes:

There is something at every level: explaining Thanksgiving in process and as history; talking about community, sharing and pitching in (we all have roles); and celebrating our blessings.

Reading Level:
3.3
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
2 to 8
Age of child:
Started reading with 2 year old child.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow or buy. This one could go either way. It is somewhat limiting by its seasonal nature. That said, the story is refreshing and will 'evolve' through several years of feasting.

Title Albert's Thanksgiving
Author Leslie Tryon
Publisher Rebound by Sagebrush © 1998
Illustrators Leslie Tyron
ISBN 9780689820724
Material Hard Cover
Genres Animal Character, School, Thanksgiving
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