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Author: Eileen Spinelli

Illustrator: Maryann Cocca-Leffler

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Publisher: Harper, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2015 (revised edition)

Material: hard cover

Summary: When Mrs. Tappleton reached out to accept Mike the Milkman's gift, the turkey slipped from her hands ... and landed in the pond! Mr. Tappleton didn't fare much better. He brought home 2 empty pie boxes. With the oven and cupboards bare, what kind of blessing gould Grandmother offer? This is a humorous but poignant story about Thanksgiving.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, transitional reader

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 12

Interest Level: 3 to 10

Reading Level: 3.2

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: I was expecting a turkey adventure, but got something much more satisfying. This was so fun to read and could easily be part of our Thanksgiving tradition.

Pros: Humor and great illustrations illuminate a story about the reasons we give thanks!

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a story to be shared before every Thanksgiving feast. No matter what the meal, it is sure to spark some lively conversation.


Educational Themes: Gratitude is the theme that closes the book, but each of the characters faces a dilemma (before having to confess). You *could* draw out that topic for more discussion. With older children, this could be a read-aloud after they write their own Thanksgiving story about what would they do on Thanksgiving without the trimmings.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - family, Thanksgiving, cultures and tradition, humor, grandparents, picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2015

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