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The Squirrels' Thanksgiving
Kroll, Steven.
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, 1997.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm
A brother and sister squirrel appreciate each other more after being exposed to their really naughty cousins at Thanksgiving dinner.
General Note:
"1st Scholastic printing, October 1997"--T.p. verso.

First published: New York : Holiday House, c1991.
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Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.4 0.5 164302.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Current Holiday Item Childrens Area-Holiday
PIC.BK. Juvenile Current Holiday Item Childrens Area-Holiday

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Papa Squirrel says Buddy and Brenda should be grateful for friends and family at Thanksgiving. But these squirrel siblings just can't get along. Full color.

Author Notes

Steven Kroll was born in Manhattan, New York on August 11, 1941. After graduating from Harvard University with a degree in American history and literature in 1962, he worked as an editor of books for adults in London, England, and New York City. In the early 1970s, a children's book editor urged him to try his hand at writing for children, and he began what would become his career. His first picture book, Is Milton Missing?, was published in 1975. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 95 picture books, chapter books, and young adult novels including The Biggest Pumpkin Ever, Jungle Bullies, That Makes Me Mad, Sweet America, Pooch on the Loose, and When I Dream of Heaven. He died from complications of gastrointestinal surgery on March 8, 2011 at the age of 69.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5-8. The grateful feelings that Thanksgiving should engender are definitely missing at the Squirrel home. Buddy isn't thankful for Brenda, who's always a pain, and Brenda isn't thankful for Buddy, who pulls stunts like putting glue on her fur. But after Poppa's lecture about the importance of family, Brenda and Buddy try being nicer to each other, and brother and sister are in a mellow frame of mind when their cousins come to dinner. It becomes even easier for Brenda and Buddy to appreciate each other after a few hours with these two. "Do you want to see our toys?" is answered with a stomp to the toe. At dinner, Buddy gets a pawful of nuts down his back. The cousins are so bad, their parents take them home, and now Brenda and Buddy really have something to be thankful for--a peaceful holiday. Amusingly told, and with a gentle message tucked inside, this Thanksgiving book will find a ready place on holiday shelves. Bassett's line-and-watercolor drawings nicely capture the feuding and forgiving. ~--Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

On Thanksgiving Eve, Momma and Poppa Squirrel announce that the family has much to be thankful for, but Buddy and Brenda--each feeling mistreated by the other--aren't particularly thankful for siblings. The following morning, the two try their best to behave, but before long revert to the familiar bickering and pinching. When cousins Penny and Chuck appear for dinner, however, the thoughtless, nasty behavior of these spoiled squirrels makes Buddy and Brenda realize that they are, after all, blessed to have each other. Though undoubtedly the message is one from which squabbling siblings will benefit, the plodding text lacks the sparkle and verve readers have come to expect from Kroll. Bassett, who has illustrated other holiday titles by Kroll ( It's April Fool's Day! ; The Biggest Pumpkin Ever ), takes the edge off this disappointment with her sprightly pictures of the diminutive squirrel clan. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-- An almost successful holiday story. The Squirrel parents gently let their bickering son and daughter know that they expect them to be thankful for each other on Thanksgiving. They are also told to be thankful for the aunt, uncle, and two cousins who will join them for Thanksgiving dinner. After a restless night, the children exhibit exemplary behavior toward each other. And then the cousins arrive, and these two brats take the cake for meanness. In the end, the cousins are so obnoxious at the dinner table that their parents are forced to take them home. And that's where Kroll's admirable realism breaks down. If these adults haven't learned how to control their offspring, they probably haven't figured out how to absent themselves gracefully, and it's far more likely that the hosts would simply have to tough it out until the relatives leave. Bassett's oval vignettes of watercolor and pen are expressive, full of character, and add the right touch of homey warmth. Lots of white space sets them off, leaving an uncluttered page design with large size type. With so many good points, this book still doesn't quite ring true. --Jacqueline Elsner, Athens Regional Library, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.