Thanksgiving Is Here!

Overview

As soon as Maggie's grandma and grandpa get the turkey in the oven, bright and early on Thanksgiving morning, the guests arrive and the commotion begins: glamorous aunts, crying babies, acrobatic cousins, strange dogs, mysterious gifts, romance, friendships, "yackety-yak"ing and, of course, lots of wonderful food and fun.

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Overview

As soon as Maggie's grandma and grandpa get the turkey in the oven, bright and early on Thanksgiving morning, the guests arrive and the commotion begins: glamorous aunts, crying babies, acrobatic cousins, strange dogs, mysterious gifts, romance, friendships, "yackety-yak"ing and, of course, lots of wonderful food and fun.

You'll find a new story every time you read this joyous celebration of Thanksgiving!

A family gathers to celebrate Thanksgiving at Grandma's house.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
Diane Goode's pen-and-ink drawings spin out like ragtime, each squiggle denoting a rustle of silk or a whoop or whisper. One can imagine a child reading this book with a relative, picking out favorite characters -- what about the kids under the table? The boy who turns cartwheels? What happened to the aunt who was passing the cakes? — Sandra Dutton
Publishers Weekly
Youngsters will want to visit Goode's (When I Was Young in the Mountains) holiday table again and again, for some of the best Thanksgiving fare in many seasons. From the 4:00 a.m. alarm that wakes Grandma and Grandpa on the title page to the pair kicking off their shoes after the last guest has left, the lively couple strikes the perfect balance between hosts and team captains. Grandpa in his bow tie and suspenders and red-headed Grandma in heels and apron greet narrator Maggie and her family (Maggie's auburn-haired Mom is clearly the blood relation) and put them to work in the kitchen ("We all love to cook at Thanksgiving"). The happy hubbub unfolds through kinetic vignettes of the guests' arrival (the families wear color-coordinated outfits, for easy tracking) and everyone pitches in, building to a horizontal spread of mismatched tables and chairs where "we all have a place." Other visual subplots include a stray dog who joins the fray and finds its owner by the end, and a gift from one of the guests (clues to its contents appear throughout) presented in the penultimate spread. This tale bursts with the bounteous food and festivity that define the holiday. Ages 3-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
At Grandma and Grandpa's house the turkey goes in the oven when the sun comes up. Ding dong! The doorbell begins to ring. Everyone has come to help—Mom and Pop, Maggie and baby Jack and uncles and aunts and lots of cousins. Peel potatoes, roll out dough, move the piano and the sofa because "we need lots of room at Thanksgiving." All the tables are pushed together to make one big table with mismatched chairs all around—"but we don't mind. We all have a place at the table." Cranberries pop and cornbread sizzles while everyone yakkety-yaks until it is time for dinner. After giving thanks and unfolding napkins "we eat till we're full at Thanksgiving." Everyone clears and washes and dries dishes. And after naps and walks and much more yakkety-yakking, everyone hurries back to the table for pie. "...we're never too full for dessert." When the sun goes down, everyone kisses goodbye and tells Grandma and Grandpa not to worry. "We'll be back." Delightfully detailed watercolor-and-ink illustrations invite readers to take another look at this noisy, active family. This is a celebration of family and, as the author states, "a family is something worth celebrating." 2003, Harper Collins Publishers, Ages 4 to 7.
— Anita Barnes Lowen
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-An appealing account of a family gathering with wonderfully warm illustrations. Grandma and Grandpa prepare for a Thanksgiving celebration and each ring of the doorbell brings a crew of happy, hungry relatives, awaiting their hugs. The pet bird and cat seem eager to join in the fun. After everyone helps with the preparations, Grandma rings the dinner bell and all convene for a memorable holiday. The humorously detailed, pen-and-ink and watercolor, cartoon artwork is exuberant, mischievous, and full of surprises. This Thanksgiving book has something for everyone.-Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A large extended family comes together at Grandma's house for an old-fashioned Thanksgiving. Everyone helps with the cooking, the eating, and the cleanup. There is just as much noise as there is dialogue and it's all incorporated into the text of this predictable little story. The swirling text of differing size might be a little confusing to read aloud, but small audiences will enjoy coming up with the stories behind the family's actions and expressions. Goode's signature watercolor-and-ink illustrations are full of drama, mystery, and delight as the family comes together for dinner, again for dessert, and then parts until next year. Sure to please families of any size at harvest season. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060515904
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/16/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 787,744
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD350L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Goode is the illustrator of more than fifty beloved and critically acclaimed picture books, including the Caldecott Honor Book When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant. Inspired by the handwritten letters of the Founding Mothers, she begins with their quill and sepia handwriting and spins out the line to re-create their images and the remarkable events of their lives for a new generation of young readers.

Diane Goode is the illustrator of more than fifty beloved and critically acclaimed picture books, including the Caldecott Honor Book When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant. Inspired by the handwritten letters of the Founding Mothers, she begins with their quill and sepia handwriting and spins out the line to re-create their images and the remarkable events of their lives for a new generation of young readers.

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  • Posted November 9, 2012

    Children will love the lively images in pen and ink with watercolor.

    Grandma and Grandpa welcome the family to their home on Thanksgiving Day. The house quickly fills with family, extended family, friends, and pets. The busy illustrations are the real star of this book, rendered in pen and ink with watercolor. They depict a riot of activity and a large cast of characters. Children will love following all the visual happenings in the images.

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