Thanksgiving Day Thanks

Summary:

Gratitude. Giving thanks. Thanksgiving traditions. Everyone has their favorite thing and is busy with their project. Except Sam. Will he come up with an idea in time?


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Wonderful illustrations and lots of references to family make this a nice book for celebrating Thanksgiving.

Content Awareness Factors:

Additionally, there are so many outside references that adult readers may have to explain them - which takes away from the story.


Little Kid Reaction

Our preteen laughed at the things the kids were thankful for, and felt bad for Sam early on in the story. About halfway through the story, we heard "This is too much, Mom."

Parent Reaction

Great idea, wonderful illustrations, but trying to pull every possible ounce of Thanksgiving symbolism into a picture book is too much. Because of the lengthy text and tons of content, it may not be a good selection for introducing toddlers or preschoolers to Thanksgiving. There are lots of kids who probably feel like Sam, but there is so much activity they are probably overwhelmed.

Type of Book:
This is a seasonal picture book for developing readers that also has activity ideas at the end.
Educational Themes:

Scratch the surface of the story and you've got plenty of Thanksgiving project ideas - from yarn turkeys and gratitude feathers to recreating the first Thanksgiving and making your own parade.

Reading Level:
3.9
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
6 to 9
Age of child:
Read with an 11-year-old.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is a sweet story and is a nice way to demonstrate that everyone has their own way of being thankful.

Title Thanksgiving Day Thanks
Author Laura Malone Elliott
Publisher Katherine Tegen Books © 2013
Illustrators Lynn Munsinger
ISBN 9780060002367
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
Genres Family, Friendship, Holidays
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