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Thanks for Thanksgiving

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by Julie Markes, Doris Barrette
     
 

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Everyone knows that Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks—the question is, where to begin? From the turkey on the table to warm, cozy cuddles, life is full of small things and bigger pleasures. But what is most important is being able to share them with family!

Julie Markes reminds kids and adults alike about the little details that make each day enjoyable,

Overview

Everyone knows that Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks—the question is, where to begin? From the turkey on the table to warm, cozy cuddles, life is full of small things and bigger pleasures. But what is most important is being able to share them with family!

Julie Markes reminds kids and adults alike about the little details that make each day enjoyable, while Doris Barrette's beautiful and striking illustrations bring her thoughtful words to life.

Editorial Reviews

"Thanks for sweet puppies and soft, furry cats. / Thank you for dress-up, red shoes and big hats." True to its title, Thanks for Thanksgiving enumerates all the things we should be grateful for on this great holiday.
Publishers Weekly
Barrette (Going on a Journey to the Sea) takes Markes's (Sidewalk ABC) rather pedestrian gratitude list ("Thanks for Thanksgiving,/ for turkey and pie./ Thank you for fall/ and gold leaves floating by") and paints a warm portrait of a family. The artist portrays boy and girl siblings who look out for their toddler brother, pushing him on a swing, giving him a piggyback ride. The children also express appreciation for pets, puddles, cuddles and tuck-in kisses. The artwork alone may well draw readers into this welcoming clan, especially as the family sits down with guests to a festive meal on the final spread. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The list of things for which to be thankful is presented in rhymed couplets and gets a big boost from the action-packed illustrations that are a perfect complement to the text. They are playful and add inventive touches. As mother and father prepare the Thanksgiving feast, the children mention things they are thankful for ("Thank you for play dates, for swings and for slides," and "Thank you for kisses and tucks into bed" as well as others). Active siblings are invitingly illustrated in scenes using warm earth tones. This is one very busy family that truly appreciates the important elements of life. Parents will enjoy sharing this with their own children. Teachers and librarians will find these illustrations work well in a group setting. After the story they will want to ask the children what they are thankful for. 2004, HarperCollins, Ages 3 to 6.
—Sharon Salluzzo
Kirkus Reviews
A charming look at a traditional and contemporary Thanksgiving celebration offers youngsters a chance to share their thanks for everything from play to family, kisses to piggyback rides. "Thank you for school-I love to feel smart!" Nothing seems to be missing-except perhaps a mention of grandma and grandpa, though they are at the table-in this thoughtful and lively recitation of all things for which one is thankful. Easy-to-read large black type will attract the very youngest of readers. Barrette's watercolors are inspired-reflecting and embellishing-with children, not quite perfect, endearing animals, and fun-filled scenes full of details, from drawer handles to table decorations. Each double-paged spread seems worthy of being framed as a piece of whimsical art. A perfect offering for inspiring one's own list of thankful thoughts. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060510985
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/26/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
230,517
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Julie Markes lives with her husband, Eric Schine, and their two sons, Charlie and Nicholas, in Brooklyn, New York. Her books include Thanks For Thanksgiving; I Can't Talk Yet, But When I Do ...; Good Thing You're Not An Octopus!; Sidewalk 123; and Sidewalk.

Doris Barrette is an award-winning artist who has illustrated more than thirty children's books, including The Christmas Song by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells, Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes, and The Hockey Card by Jack Siemiatycki and Avi Slodovnick. She lives with her three children in Quebec, Canada.

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Thanks for Thanksgiving 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
LauraIrrgang More than 1 year ago
This is a sweet, simple story that captures the spirit of Thanksgiving. The children in the story are engaged in varied activities, so all kids should be able to find something to relate to. The soothing rhymes will be comforting to kids of all ages. "Thank you for umbrellas, rain boots and puddles...thank you for Mommy and warm, cozy cuddles." Doris Barrette's paintings are rendered in a rich pallete of autumn colors. I recommend this sweet book to remind children of the joys of family and the spirit of gratefulness.
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MIMI_3 More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my grandkids this weekend. I loved it! They loved it!
I read it to them and they looked at the beautifully illustrated pictures. It is an excellent way to let the kids know of some things THEY would be thankful for. Perfect Thanksgiving book. Simple, but perfect. I told everyone I know about it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book! I bought it for my 2 and 3 year old sons, and they just love it. Even now, they still put it in the book pile for bedtime reading. It is warm with wonderful illustrations.