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Summary: Thanksgiving is a great memory for Nick. It is when the Nice Lady adopted him. He loves celebrating Thanksgiving with the Nice Lady's family. This year, though he knows he is thankful, but he mostly feels sad. Nick misses his family, and that is putting a damper on holiday preparation. The Nice Lady has the perfect solution. This picture book is part of the Importance of Families series.
Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 10; read yourself: 10 and Up
Interest Level: 5 to 10
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a great book to share with kids, especially those who wonder what their pets are thinking. The story explores "loss" in a hopeful way. That said, the story is text heavy and very young children may get bored waiting for you to turn the page.
Pros: This is a holiday story readers can enjoy anytime. The central theme is about family, and adoptive families, in particular, will connect with the story.
Cons: For most of the story, the cats (Nick and Baby Z) talked between themselves. It was a bit of a surprise- and disappointment - when, halfway through the book, the cats talked to the Nice Lady.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. It is a nice story to read, but not one you would keep on your bookshelf forever.
Educational Themes: The story starts on Thanksgiving morning, setting the stage for the rest of the book. There are several spots where you can pause to talk about family holiday traditions. Readers can also talk about family - Nick's feelings of loss may be a great way to open discussions with adopted children.
Notes: The Reading Tub® picked up this book at Book Expo America. There are no expectations of review associated with this book.