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Thanksgiving Rules
     

Thanksgiving Rules

3.5 2
by Laurie B. Friedman, Teresa Murfin (Illustrator)
 

Percy Isaac Gifford's Official Thanksgiving Decree: I officially command you to eat EVERYTHING you see! Percy knows just what to do to get the most out of this delicious holiday. And so will you if you follow his ten simple rules. From "the early bird gets the turkey" to "life is sweeter when you eat sweets," his rules will help you eat your way through the big

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Percy Isaac Gifford's Official Thanksgiving Decree: I officially command you to eat EVERYTHING you see! Percy knows just what to do to get the most out of this delicious holiday. And so will you if you follow his ten simple rules. From "the early bird gets the turkey" to "life is sweeter when you eat sweets," his rules will help you eat your way through the big meal. But is there more to Thanksgiving than stuffed turkey and sweet potatoes with marshmallows? See how Percy discovers the true recipe for a perfect Thanksgiving holiday.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
An ebullient young host named Percy assures readers that he's a “Thanksgiving Pro,” and that “when it comes to turkey day,/ there's nothing I don't know.” His “simple rules” include putting on whatever your mom wants you to wear (Rule #1: “Smile and say Pumpkin Pie”) and giving brief, polite greetings (“Rule #3: Short = Sweet”). When the buffet is unveiled, the message is loud and clear: “I officially command you to eat everything you see!” is Percy's decree. Percy's enthusiasm effectively captures the spirit of affable overindulgence. Ages 5–9. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Friedman's title for this work is a double entendre that both cheers for the holiday and hints at the guidance provided within in. In rhyming verse, narrator Percy Isaac Gifford (yes, pig) announces that he is a Thanksgiving expert whose list of 10 rules is essential information for everyone. From "smile and say pumpkin pie" to "life is sweeter when you eat sweets," Percy dashes through the holiday jotting off bits of wisdom to enhance the most foodcentric day of the year. Readers may begin to feel nauseated by the time they reach his "Official Thanksgiving Decree," urging the reader to eat "EVERYTHING" and listing more than three dozen types of foods that might be found on the Thanksgiving buffet. But they will feel better once they pass the dessert page and find rule #10, "A hug makes the heart grow fonder." Even food-hound Percy knows that Thanksgiving isn't just about the buffet, but a "day to show your loved ones what they mean to you." There are no pilgrims to be found in the pages of this book, and no stiff history lessons. Instead, readers get a rollicking good romp through food and family festivities. Teachers may find this lively book useful for launching discussion of students' own holiday practices or favorite Thanksgiving foods. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—In this story told in rhyme, Percy Isaac Gifford, clad in his P.I.G. sweater, presents readers with a workshop on how to get the most out of Thanksgiving, complete with 10 simple rules. ("Rule 1: Smile and say pumpkin pie.") He offers advice on everything from getting through preparations and greetings to how to load up the perfect plate. Exaggerated cartoon art gets increasingly busy as it builds toward the climactic spread featuring the entire Thanksgiving buffet and then slowly tapers back down again as the post-feast stupor hits many of the guests. Sometimes the inconsistent rhythm of the text makes reading aloud awkward. A silly ode to the holiday for larger collections.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Young Percy Isaac Gifford (whose monogrammed sweater reads, aptly, "P.I.G.") delivers a rhymed set of instructions to less-expert celebrants of the holiday. Keeping the goal clearly in mind helps to get through the less-enjoyable aspects of a family gathering, such as good clothes, helping out and greeting guests. With the able assistance of his dog, Percy gets to "The Main Event"-which is rendered with loving detail, elaborated in Rule #6 ("Don't be afraid to eat everything"). Murfin's mixed-media illustrations pile on the busyness as the feast gets underway and Percy loads up his plate; the bulging bellies sported by all at the end make the need for Percy's "Overeaters' Special" (a quick buss instead of a hug) amply evident. If the scansion sometimes labors, it's still an unabashedly joyous celebration of seasonal gluttony. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822579830
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Carolrhoda Picture Bks
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
382,630
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Laurie Friedman is the author of the Mallory series, as well as the picture books I'm Not Afraid of This Haunted House and Love, Ruby Valentine. She lives in Coral Gables, Florida, with her husband and two children.

Teresa Murfin is the illustrator of several picture books including I'm Not Afraid of This Haunted House. She lives and works in Bristol, England, and graduated from Falmouth College of Art. Ms. Murfin likes to work with a variety of mediums and integrates patterns and textures into her digital artwork style.

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Thanksgiving Rules 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
storiesforchildren More than 1 year ago
What do you think makes for the perfect Thanksgiving Day experience? Percy Isaac Gifford has ten simple Thanksgiving Rules to make the most out of this delicious holiday. From getting dressed, helping to clean the house, greeting guests ("short=sweet"); through eating the meal (e.g., "the early bird gets the turkey); to the end ("life is sweeter when you eat sweets"), Percy has it all figured out. But does he think that Thanksgiving is only turkey and sweet potatoes, or will he discover the true recipe for a great Thanksgiving? Laurie Friedman's rambunctious, rhyming text, along with Teresa Murfin's caricature style illustrations, makes for a fun-filled yet meaningful picture of Thanksgiving that will appeal to children on their level and help them to understand that beneath all the hustle and bustle of the day, there is something truly important there. Any book that encourages youngsters to be thankful gets a high five from me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago