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Summary: The first Thanksgiving is recounted in a story that uses counting to describe each of the activities that lead up to the big feast. This is a holiday story that uses counting as its plot scheme.
Type of Reading: playtime reading; learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 9 to 11
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Reading Level: 3.4
Age of Child: Read with child three years old.
Young Reader Reaction: S/He likes the story each time that it's read, but it is not a book s/he'll pull off the shelf.
Adult Reader Reaction: It's a fun way to introduce where the Thanksgiving holiday comes from. It's a well-crafted story that allows parents to count other objects on the page, not just the ones described in the narrative. If the number is 4, you'll find four fish, four fisherman, four birds.
Pros: The illustrations are colorful, the story is simply presented, but introduces information on several levels.
Cons: None, really.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. At three, the book is fun to read aloud with your child. By six or seven, they will be able to read it themselves.