Rhyming text that carries you along, repetitive rhythm that helps young readers predict what will come next, and warm family scenes in each illustration make this book a winner. Whether it is read over and over at home for the holidays, or used as a read-aloud in class or library story time, readers of all ages will enjoy the sight of an extended family making their holiday meal preparations. As an educator, I especially like the short summary every few pages featuring all the verbs used in the previous rhymes - what a way to call attention to the actions in the story. The illustrations themselves will generate tons of discussion about the wood stove, the hand pump at the sink, and the historical clothing shown. It will also be a good jumping off point for comparing and contrasting what each child is accustomed to seeing at their own Thanksgiving meal.
A wonderful read for so many reasons. I highly recommend it!
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