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Title:
Thanksgiving at our house
Author:
Watson, Wendy.
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Publication Information:
New York : Clarion Books, [1991]

©1991
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpage) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Summary:
The family busily prepares for Thanksgiving and has a grand feast with visiting relatives. Includes Thanksgiving poems.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780395536261

9780395699447
Format :
Book

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Summary

The family busily prepares for Thanksgiving and has a grand feast with visiting relatives. Includes Thanksgiving poems.


Summary

A spirited collection of traditional rhymes woven into an original story.


Author Notes

Wendy Watson has written and illustrated twenty-one children's books, and has illustrated more than sixty children's books by other authors. ;She divides her time between Phoenix, Arizona, and Truro, Massachusetts. ;For more information visit www.wendy-watson.com ."


Reviews 6

Booklist Review

Ages 4-6. The framework of Watson's latest picture book is the simple story of a New England family preparing for Thanksgiving and celebrating the holiday with relatives from near and far. Set in smaller type than the basic story, traditional nursery rhymes (including many unfamiliar ones) appear, illustrated by the same line-and-watercolor paintings that depict events in the narrative. Young children may be vaguely perplexed by the juxtaposition of the two kinds of text, but most will listen happily for the simple pleasure of following this rosy, plump little family as they enact the fascinating business of working, playing, teasing, and eating their way through the season. Better for sharing one-on-one than for story times. ~--Carolyn Phelan


Publisher's Weekly Review

Balancing full-page pictures with a series of panels and combining an original story with traditional rhymes and songs, Watson has created a pleasantly cluttered book. At its center is an extended family preparing for--and then enjoying--a Thanksgiving celebration. Told through the collective voice of the children of the house, the narration of events is choppy but spontaneous: ``It's Thursday, Thanksgiving Day! We get up early. The turkey is already roasting. We take baths and put on our party clothes.'' Although Thanksgiving does not lend itself to the visual vibrancy of the colorful holidays featured in Watson's The Night Before Christmas or A Valentine for You , these illustrations successfully capture the high-spirited anticipation and the pervasive goodwill that surrounds this family-oriented day. Ages 3-6. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-- Another cozy addition to Watson's holiday series. Here, she takes a large, cheery family in the country through the Thanksgiving celebration from the scrubbing-up of the house and its inhabitants; through the arrival of the relatives; the cooking and devouring of the feast; the playing of games; and finally the departure of the sated, sleepy guests into the softly falling snow. The homey details are told in an easy-to-read narrative and pictured in Watson's usual crisp, lively ink-and-watercolor quasi-comic-strip illustrations in warm, muted tones. The rounded, robust, active figures of the children and adults of all ages express the happiness and comfort of a close, loving family. As an extra bonus, she includes unfamiliar nursery rhymes that are appropriate to the activities portrayed. The layout of text and illustrations of all sizes is especially varied and attractive. --Patricia Pearl, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

Ages 4-6. The framework of Watson's latest picture book is the simple story of a New England family preparing for Thanksgiving and celebrating the holiday with relatives from near and far. Set in smaller type than the basic story, traditional nursery rhymes (including many unfamiliar ones) appear, illustrated by the same line-and-watercolor paintings that depict events in the narrative. Young children may be vaguely perplexed by the juxtaposition of the two kinds of text, but most will listen happily for the simple pleasure of following this rosy, plump little family as they enact the fascinating business of working, playing, teasing, and eating their way through the season. Better for sharing one-on-one than for story times. ~--Carolyn Phelan


Publisher's Weekly Review

Balancing full-page pictures with a series of panels and combining an original story with traditional rhymes and songs, Watson has created a pleasantly cluttered book. At its center is an extended family preparing for--and then enjoying--a Thanksgiving celebration. Told through the collective voice of the children of the house, the narration of events is choppy but spontaneous: ``It's Thursday, Thanksgiving Day! We get up early. The turkey is already roasting. We take baths and put on our party clothes.'' Although Thanksgiving does not lend itself to the visual vibrancy of the colorful holidays featured in Watson's The Night Before Christmas or A Valentine for You , these illustrations successfully capture the high-spirited anticipation and the pervasive goodwill that surrounds this family-oriented day. Ages 3-6. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-- Another cozy addition to Watson's holiday series. Here, she takes a large, cheery family in the country through the Thanksgiving celebration from the scrubbing-up of the house and its inhabitants; through the arrival of the relatives; the cooking and devouring of the feast; the playing of games; and finally the departure of the sated, sleepy guests into the softly falling snow. The homey details are told in an easy-to-read narrative and pictured in Watson's usual crisp, lively ink-and-watercolor quasi-comic-strip illustrations in warm, muted tones. The rounded, robust, active figures of the children and adults of all ages express the happiness and comfort of a close, loving family. As an extra bonus, she includes unfamiliar nursery rhymes that are appropriate to the activities portrayed. The layout of text and illustrations of all sizes is especially varied and attractive. --Patricia Pearl, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.