The family is getting ready for Thanksgiving and Charity is so looking forward to going to visit grandmother. But alas as they get ready to set out, Charity has come down with chicken pox and the family must stay home. What will Thanksgiving be like without grandmother's wonderful turkey? Never fear, our resourceful grandmother arrives at the door with the bird. The story is fairly predictable, but it may interest the very young.
K-Gr 3Charity's family is rushing around cooking, cleaning, and packing for the annual trek to grandma's house for Thanksgiving dinner. It isn't until her brother Fred sings a song en route about Charity and her spots that her parents stop what they are doing long enough to realize that the child has the chicken pox. The car turns around, heads home, and Thanksgiving, for Charity, is ruined. With the help of some hungry snow plowers, though, Grandma is able to surprise Charity and her family by coming to them with all of the typical Thanksgiving trimmings, complete with a surprise addition bound to get a smile from any child who has had the chicken pox. Watercolor and marker illustrations dominate each page with a profusion of color that almost makes a rainbow seem dull. Donohue mixes patterns and geometric shapes well; checks, stripes, and floral motifs all blend harmoniously on any given page. Turkey Pox serves as both an unusual holiday story and as a rousing complement to other pox books such as Marc Brown's Arthur's Chicken Pox (Little, 1994).Lisa Marie Gangemi, Sousa Elementary School, Port Washington, NY