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Author: Eileen Spinelli

Illustrator: Joann Adinolfi

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Publisher: Henry Holt & Company,

Material: hard cover

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.


Educational Themes: The story offers a fun, easy way for you to introduce the idea that while we may do different things, that doesn't mean there's a right or wrong way to celebrate an occasion.

Notes: A Reading Tub volunteer borrowed this from their local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family, Thanksgiving, opposites

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2004, November 2014

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