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Author: Leslie Tryon

Reserve at the Library

Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1994

Material: hard cover

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. 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.

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

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 2 to 9

Reading Level: 3.3

Age of Child: Started reading with 2 year old child.

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

Adult Reader 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.

Pros: 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!

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

Borrow or Buy: 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.


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.

Notes: Library book. Seems it's only available paperback, now.

Literary Categories: fiction - animal characters, Thanksgiving, picture book, school

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2003

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