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Round the Turkey: A Grateful Thanksgiving

Press:Albert Whitman & Co Albert Whitman & Company (September 1, 2002)
Publication Date:2002-9
ISBN:9780807571316
Author Name:Kimmelman, Leslie/ Cote, Nancy (ILT)
Pages:32
Language:English

Content

Thanksgiving is here! Jesse can't wait because this year all the relatives are coming to his house. 
When everyone arrives, they sit down to dinner and round the table (and the turkey!) they go, each taking turns to remember the year's blessings.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-Through rhymes, the members of an extended family take turns sharing what they are grateful for on Thanksgiving. 
This collection of short poems begins and ends with young Jesse, who interjects comments throughout in italics.
The first page features a family tree with each of the characters' portraits.
The illustrations are lively and colorful, and show the many situations for which the individuals give thanks.
The concept has potential, but falls flat in its execution.
Peggy's selection is filled with "Yakity-yaks" and teen-speak ("I'm thankful, you know,/for my new phone, see?/Briiing! Gotta go./That's prob'ly for me!").
Mark and Aunt Julie's poem is written in alternating lines about how they met in a coffee shop after having a morning full of mishaps.
Jesse asks, "Is Aunt Julie getting married again, Mom?" "She sure is, Jesse." The poems are all over the map in terms of subject, length, and rhythm, and have only the illustrations to tie them together.
One poem is about how Aunt Terry and Uncle Dave went far away to adopt Kaitlyn.
It is accompanied by Asian symbols, but the country and culture of their daughter are not identified.
Although the idea of each family member giving thanks may sound like a worthy subject, this attempt lacks child appeal in tone and structure.Genevieve Gallagher, New York Public LibraryCopyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Review

"An excellent choice for families or teachers who want to discuss the true meaning of Thanksgiving."Booklist

From the Inside Flap

Thanksgiving is here! Jesse can't wait because this year all the relatives are coming to his house. 
When everyone arrives, they sit down to dinner and round the table (and the turkey!) they go, each taking turns to remember the year's blessings.

About the Author

L Kimmelman is an Albert Whitman author.

Tags

Children's Books,Holidays & Celebrations,Thanksgiving,Growing Up & Facts of Life,Family Life,Values

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Comment List (Total:5)

  •     I stumbled onto this book well before November and read it with my children. They loved that it was a family's book of poems. They loved the descriptions of the different family members. They loved seeing me check it out from the library again this week (Thanksgiving Week). I like it well enough to share with my extended family, though my neices and nephews are mostly college-age and above. I am hoping that they will spend time reading it to my early elementary-aged kids and find themselves wondering what they would have written. I hope my mother reads it to my children and wonders the same. My mom traditionally asks all of us to take turns around the Thanksgiving table sharing news about the blessings of the past year. I am hoping this book will add to her enjoyment and the family fun.

  •     I think that thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. This book is just like my family. We always have something to share about what we are grateful for and it is a good idea for families to remember to do on thanksgiving. This book is great for that.

  •     Cleverly illustrated by Cote, a nice spin on a warm Thanksgiving tradition of one person at a time giving thanks.

  •     This is the sweetest Thanksgiving story we've read and is a holiday tradition in our house. The book highlights what every member of an extended family is thankful for (in rhyming verse) and every member of our family has their favorite character, except we are united in our hatred of Aunt Nina (really you're thankful for snow on Thanksgiving night??? Not cool Aunt Nina. Sorry we're Midwesterners and that's just too much snow). Anyway, the book is super cute, we love it and you should buy it.

  •     I adore this Thanksgiving storybook! I bought it last year to add to my children's library and the children I nanny loved it. I love that the narrator is one of the children, and that each member attending Thanksgiving dinner talks about what they are grateful for. It is sweet, endearing and clearly focuses on the central point of celebrating Thanksgiving.

 

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