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TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE THANKSGIVING

Author: Dav Pilkey

Illustrator: Pilkey, Dav

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Publisher: Orchard Books,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Twas the Night Before Christmas has been adapted to a Thanksgiving story. A school bus full of children visit a Turkey farm the day before Thanksgiving. In this seasonal tale, the school children save turkeys about to be sacrificed for the holiday.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, read aloud

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 7; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 2 to 8

Reading Level: 4

Age of Child: Started reading with child nearly 2 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: S/He enjoyed reading this book, especially with friends. They got into the rhythm of the story. While s/he didn't understand the impending danger that the turkeys were in, there was no hiding how the children had grown fatter as they re-boarded the bus.

Adult Reader Reaction: This will be a household classic. Its silly imitation of Twas the Night Before Christmas makes it even more fun. Toddler will understand more as s/he grows, but in the meantime, our family is starting a tradition!

Pros: With such a fun imitation of T'was the Night Before Christmas, there's ample opportunity for the story to grow with toddler and be a classic Thanksgiving tradition.

Cons: none

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This book will become part a family tradition.

If You Liked This Book, Try: ALBERT's THANKSGIVING   GIGGLE, GIGGLE, QUACK   IF YOU GIVE A PIG A PANCAKE

Educational Themes: This one has all of the elements of the season: empathy, compassion, sharing, blessings and love.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, Thanksgiving, rhyme

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2003

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.




                 

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