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PARDON ME. IT'S HAM, NOT TURKEY

Author: Lisa Suhay

Illustrator: Pamela Barcita

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Publisher: Bumble Bee Publishing,

Material: hard cover

Summary: When a young boy asks his teacher why the President pardons a turkey, he learns about a little-known-piece of US history. The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in Virginia, on December 4, 1619. This is a rhyming story/picture book that offers young children some colonial history.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 9; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 5 to 9

Age of Child: Started reading with 6-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Our child loved Ginny (the pig). She liked the story and asked lots of questions about Thanksgiving (in general and related to Virginia).

Adult Reader Reaction: What a wonderful discovery ... both the book and the US history. Thankfully, the author included some factual information in the back that helped round-out the story.

Pros: This engaging rhyme will teach children US history in a way that will be memorable for them well after they are finished with picture books!

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. The story offers an engaging piece of history and the illustrations make it fun.

If You Liked This Book, Try: TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE THANKSGIVING   THIS FIRST THANKSGIVING DAY; A COUNTING STORY   ALBERT's THANKSGIVING

Educational Themes: This is a book that helps round out and/or complement Thanksgiving history lessons for preschoolers and early elementary-aged children.

Notes: 2008 Silver Recipient: Seasonal, Holidays & Festivals, Moms Choice Awards

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, Thanksgiving, historical fiction, rhyme, cultures and tradition

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2007

Other Reviews: No Critics Reviews found at the time of this review. See reader feedback at barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com.




                 

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