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Thanksgiving Is Here!

Press:Harpercollins Childrens Books HarperCollins; 1 edition (September 2, 2003)
Publication Date:2003-9
Author Name:Goode, Diane


Maggie knows that Gramdma and Grandpa rise early on Thanksgiving morning. 
They want to get the turkey in the oven before the guests arrive and the commotion begins.Maggie's glamorous aunt, a crybaby, an uncle with a slippery hairpiece, and an acrobatic cousin are just a few of the twenty-eight relatives and friends who come to help, "yackety-yak," and eat.
As day stretches into evening, events unfold.
There's a mysterious present, a budding romance, and a little dog that tags after Maggie.
But whose dog is he? And what's Great-Grandma knitting? There is so much to discover here?Like a memorable meal with family and friends, this joyous celebration of Thanksgiving will leave you smiling and fulfilled.

From Booklist

2 Thanksgiving means family, food, friends, and a reason to be grateful.
All that and more is whimsically portrayed in a book that is more a chain reaction of events than a story.
Still, there's plenty of bounce per ounce, which begins as a red-haired grandmother and her mustachioed husband get up and put in the turkey.
Then the doorbell rings, and the tumult begins.
Adults, children (many redheads), babies, and animals arrive and set the table, talk, knit, play instruments, and eat.
After dinner, it's time for walking, washing, drying, a bit of crying, and dessert.
The text, a line or so to a page, almost sounds as if it should be sung ("Ding-a-Ling! Grandma rings.
Everyone come to the table!").
But it's the artwork that's the focus here, and sometimes there's so much activity, it's hard to believe that the figures are not really moving.
There are several thin story lines to follow (What's that big wrapped present?), but kids probably won't pick them up until a welcome second or third reading.
Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association.
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Also starred by the School Library Journal (School Library Journal)Thanksgiving Is Here! “Visit Goode’s holiday table again and again, for some of the best Thanksgiving fare in many seasons.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))Thanksgiving Is Here! “Full of drama, mystery, and delight. 
Sure to please families of every size at harvest season.” (Kirkus Reviews)Thanksgiving Is Here! “Exuberant, mischievous, and full of surprises.
This Thanksgiving book has something for everyone.” (School Library Journal)

About the Author

Diane Goode was born in Brooklyn, New York, and has a BA in fine arts from Queens College. 
Her distinguished list of picture books begins with the Caldecott Honor winner When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant.
She lives and works in Watchung, New Jersey, with her husband, David, and their two dogs, Jack and Daisy.


Children's Books,Holidays & Celebrations,Thanksgiving,Growing Up & Facts of Life,Family Life,Multigenerational,Literature & Fiction

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Comment List (Total:13)

  •     This is another family favorite to be read on Turkey Day. The kids love to point to the people in the illustrations and give them family member names.

  •     This book is a great addition to your childrens book shelf.The book is about a family gathering at grandmother's house for thanksgiving dinner.

  •     I bought this book for my almost 5 year old daughter. It was too simple for her. It is a good book for younger children.

  •     I just love this book, it so perfectly covers Thanksgiving and families. I have read this book at least 20 times, and I still find something new.

  •     I just pulled this book out of my sons' bookshelf to read with them again, as I do every fall. It's a gem of a book, celebrating a holiday that never seems to get a lot of...

  •     The busy, whimsical illustrations tell much of the story in this book that kids will enjoy poring over. Grandma and Grandpa are up early to wrestle the turkey into the oven.

  •     Great story and my grandchildren love the book

  •     If you have big noisy Thanksgiving Dinners, this book captures that atmosphere perfectly. The text is fairly simple, but the illustrations are great. There is a lot going on and to look at. My 4 year old and 6 year old both really enjoyed reading this book.

  •     This sweet book describes Thanksgiving in a big family with folks continually pouring through the door. We are a BIG family, 11 kids, 25 grandkids, and we read this to the younger ones this year. They just loved it! Sweet and loving story, I returned to buy more copies!

  •     Illustrations are adorable and colorful. There's a whole lot to see, and the illustrator is very detailed in her drawings. The book will take about ten minutes to read, there isn't that many words. It is one lined sentences. The book is hardcover book jacket. Cover looks just like the picture shown. The book is big lengthwise. The pages are made of glossy quality paper. It is thread bound.I bought it directly from Amazon. It arrived within a week with Free Super Saving Shipping. It arrived new and nothing was damaged during shipping. I recommend.

  •     Nice, simple text that younger readers can enjoy.

  •     my nephew loved it!

  •     Grandma and Grandpa welcome the family to their home on Thanksgiving Day. The house quickly fills with family, extended family, friends, and pets.


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