Everyone knows that Thanksgiving is a time to give thanksthe 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.
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.