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Summary: Our young narrator contrasts Thanksgiving at her house with the celebration at Abigail Archer's. Although the events are different, they still share many similarities. This is a story that offers young readers a very vivid, fun description of opposites - all with a holiday twist.
Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, learning to read, read aloud book, developmental reader
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 9
Reading Level: 2.5
Age of Child: Started reading with child 3 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: This was an instant hit. With bright, comic-like graphics, the pictures always incite spontaneous giggles.
Adult Reader Reaction: We could easily identify the story with our own Thanksgiving experiences. The story moves quickly and there are plenty of subtleties in the illustration that any adult will enjoy.
Pros: The story offers contrasts without being judgmental. The illustrations make the book fun to read, and the contrasts are bold enough to make it easy for a preschooler to identify the differences.
Cons: None, other than it's seasonal. The story offers a theme that would be nice to have around at other times of the year when judgements or envy might strike.
Borrow or Buy: This one could go either way. It's a fun read, and would be nice to have around, but it is a seasonal book, and it's fun may only last a few years.