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Summary: When Ann burns Thanksgiving dinner, Ed suggests they go to a restaurant. They enter a restaurant with an open door, and become the invited guests of the immigrant family celebrating their First Thanksgiving. This is a holiday book with a story that celebrates the true meaning of the season.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10
Interest Level: 3 to 10
Reading Level: 2.9
Age of Child: Started reading with child three years old.
Young Reader Reaction: Our preschooler is fascinated by the illustrations and the activities they represent. S/He doesn't independently pick it from the shelf, but quickly learned the characters and talks with them.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a beautiful story, beautifully illustrated.It makes you wish you could find a place like this on Thanksgiving Day! It is particularly nice for those who also celebrate their own heritage.
Pros: The book celebrates family, sharing, and giving to others--the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Even though this is for older kids, our three-year-old understood.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! Especially if you have a blended family or traditions that blend your heritage and an American holiday.