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Lead by example. Let your children see you reading for pleasure in your spare time.
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books, a Division of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.
Material: hard cover
Summary: Percy Isaac Gifford explains that Thanksgiving is a great holiday, but there are rules we need to follow. If you follow the rules, then you'll be able to get to the feast faster. These aren't easy rules, either. They include wearing whatever our Mom asks us to put on that day, being polite when guests arrive, and even eating everything you see (including the veggies). This picture book wraps manners and celebration in a kid-friendly story.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10
Interest Level: 3 to 9
Reading Level: 2.6
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a cute story. It sneaks in the messages mom and dad want to get across, but with a light hand and some humor. The author doesn't point out that Percy's initials spell "PIG," which makes for a great discovery by the kids.
Pros: Humorous text and images combine in a kid-friendly story about having manners at family celebrations.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book that would be good to have around for other big family events (reunions, weddings, wakes, etc.), as many of the rules would apply then, too.
Educational Themes: This is a book with visual and context examples of manners: how we act at celebrations, respecting our parents, showing affection, and expectations of children.
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.