Thanksgiving Day Thanks
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?
Wonderful illustrations and lots of references to family make this a nice book for celebrating Thanksgiving.
Additionally, there are so many outside references that adult readers may have to explain them - which takes away from the story.
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."
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.
This is a seasonal picture book for developing readers that also has activity ideas at the end.
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.
9 and Up
6 to 9
Read with an 11-year-old.
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|
|Genres||Family, Friendship, Holidays|