Albert's Thanksgiving

Albert's Thanksgiving

by Leslie Tryon
     
 

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It is Thanksgiving time in Pleasant Valley, which means it's time for the PTAsponsored Thanksgiving feast. Albert the ever industrious duck is hard at work once again helping the schoolchildren prepare for the big event. But exactly how busy even Albert could not anticipate. Has anyone but Albert remembered that the garden the children planted must be

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It is Thanksgiving time in Pleasant Valley, which means it's time for the PTAsponsored Thanksgiving feast. Albert the ever industrious duck is hard at work once again helping the schoolchildren prepare for the big event. But exactly how busy even Albert could not anticipate. Has anyone but Albert remembered that the garden the children planted must be harvested if they are to have vegetables for the feast? Every time he sets out to do so, along comes another message from Patsy Pig, the head of the PTA, wondering if Albert could help out with just one more little thing. Time runs short (and tempers too?), but all the hard work culminates in a feast to be remembered-especially because of Albert's pumpkin pizza pie dessert.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Not even the Pilgrims were as busy or as put-upon as Albert, the endearing maintenance man-er, duck-of the Pleasant Valley school district. When P.T.A. President Patsy Pig presses Albert into service with Thanksgiving preparations (her syrupy, pleading notes-complete with smiley-face signature-are reproduced on several spreads), guess who winds up doing all the work? Albert works his feathers to the bone, toiling far into the night, assembling turkey decorations, whipping up his ``scrumptious pumpkin pizza pies''-the sight of Albert twirling pizza dough aloft while balanced on one web is easily worth the price of admission. Ages 5-8. (Oct.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Albert, the taciturn, always helpful goose, and the children of Pleasant Valley plant and tend a garden to be harvested for the Thanksgiving Feast. However, Patsy Pig, President of the PTA, repeatedly sends Albert notes soliciting his help to build a table, fold paper turkeys, and other such tasks, including baking pumpkin pizza for the feast, completely interrupting the harvest. Pushed to his limits, Albert leaves Patsy a note stating, ``Glad to help. But did anyone think of the vegetables?'' Then, even Patsy reports to the garden to help, and it is a wonderful Thanksgiving after all. Patsy's hand-printed notes (courteous, polite, and presumptive), which comprise most of the text, are followed by watercolor and pen-and-ink pictures of Albert completing the current tasks. Luscious, full-page illustrations depict the garden and school scenes and other action. In the final joyous scene celebrating helpfulness, cooperation, and community spirit, the animals are arrayed in traditional (though perhaps not historically accurate or politically correct) Pilgrim and Indian costumes as they share the fruits of their labors. A charming story and an appealing presentation.-Virginia Opocensky, formerly at Lincoln City Libraries, NE
Ilene Cooper
Albert, the hardest-working duck in Pleasant Valley, is the number-one helper for the PTA-sponsored Thanksgiving feast. Patsy Pig keeps writing him notes about building tables, harvesting vegetables, and making pumpkin pizzas. Every time Albert finishes one task, along comes another note (reproduced as part of the pictures) from Patsy. The story itself may be more understandable to harried adults than to picture-book listeners, but they'll get the gist of it, and they'll certainly enjoy the artwork, some full page, some four to a page, expertly executed and filled with a cast of appealing animals looking especially spiffy when dressed in Thanksgiving garb. A recipe for pumpkin pizzas, which, thankfully, is more like pie, appears on the back cover.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689318658
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
10/03/1994
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.27(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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