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The Thanksgiving Bowl

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"This idyllic holiday story of happiness and connection begins with a celebration feast with Grandma
Grace."-Booklist

2008 READING CORNER SELECTION OF THE DR. LAURA RADIO PROGRAM

The Thanksgiving bowl is a favorite at Grandma Grace's table each Thanksgiving, as it is filled with "I Am Thankful For" lists from each member of the family. One Thanksgiving, after Grandma reads the lists, the bowl is forgotten at her picnic table, and it blows away....

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Overview

"This idyllic holiday story of happiness and connection begins with a celebration feast with Grandma
Grace."-Booklist

2008 READING CORNER SELECTION OF THE DR. LAURA RADIO PROGRAM

The Thanksgiving bowl is a favorite at Grandma Grace's table each Thanksgiving, as it is filled with "I Am Thankful For" lists from each member of the family. One Thanksgiving, after Grandma reads the lists, the bowl is forgotten at her picnic table, and it blows away. For the next twelve months, various creatures put the bowl to good use, then discard or forget it, and it travels on to another destination.

Each time the bowl is found, its new owners seem to have a perfect use for it. Whether transformed into a toy, as when otters use it for a free ride down a hill, or a gift, as when a girl plants sunflowers in it for Mother's Day, the bowl seems destined to make everyone grateful for its sudden arrival.

Miraculously, the bowl's yearlong journey of being continuously lost and found-stuck under bushes, buried in snowdrifts, tossed around in thunderstorms, even dropped from a recycling truck-comes full circle as it arrives back in Grandma Grace's yard just in time for Thanksgiving.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This is a heartwarming story about one family’s Thanksgiving tradition. Every Thanksgiving, the family looks forward to Grandma’s “Thanksgiving bowl.” The yellow plastic bowl is filled with family members’ notes about what they are thankful for this year. After everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving meal outside, Grandma reads each “I am Thankful For” note in the bowl and everyone tries to guess who wrote it. This year, the bowl is left outside. Over the course of the following year, a series of different people each find the bowl at the perfect moment. Each month, someone is grateful for the bowl. It is the perfect shelter for a mouse in December and the perfect hat for a snowman during a gusty snow day. It becomes a wonderful pot for a plant project in April and an ideal mold for sandcastles on a hot day in August. Every month, the bowl somehow gets passed along to a new user but eventually a mother raccoon and her playful kits leave it in a pile of leaves by Grandma’s picnic table. Fortunately, on Thanksgiving Day, the bowl is found. Everyone is thankful for the family tradition to be enjoyed again. Kroll does a nice job of connecting the traveling bowl to the changing seasons. O’Neill’s paintings depict a kind, rosy-cheeked grandmother and a happy family eating slices of pumpkin pie while the adults enjoy steaming mugs of coffee. The dynamic pictures give readers a lot to look at. Reviewer: Julie Minnich
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589803657
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/15/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 586,423
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Virginia Kroll is a prolific writer, with over sixty books published since 1992. A full-time author and speaker as well as a writing instructor with the Institute of Children's Literature, she writes on topics ranging from African folktales to universal themes such as siblings and heroes. She has received a long list of awards, including the 1998 Benjamin Franklin Silver Award for a parenting book, the Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year in 2004, and the International Reading Association/Children's Book Council 2004 Children's Choice Award.

Philomena O'Neill has been illustrating books and magazines for children since the early 1990s. Working primarily in watercolor and liquid acrylic, she is best known for her ability to render children and animals with character and gentle humor. Born in Ireland and raised in West Africa and Canada, Ms. O'Neill is a first-time illustrator with Pelican.

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