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Title:
Round the turkey : a grateful Thanksgiving
Author:
Kimmelman, Leslie.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Morton Grove, Ill. : Albert Whitman & Co., [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 28 cm
Summary:
As they gather to celebrate Thanksgiving Day, members of an extended family take turns describing, in rhyme, the things that make them feel grateful.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.4 0.5 64183.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780807571316
Format :
Book

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Thanksgiving is here! Jesse can't wait because this year all the relatives are coming to his house. When everyone arrives, they sit down to dinner and round the table (and the turkey!) they go, each taking turns to remember the year's blessings.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-4. This rhyming book nicely captures the Thanksgiving tradition of taking turns expressing gratitude for events of the past year. Young Jesse says that he is glad that his family is hosting the joyous gathering. Then each guest around the table gives thanks for a wide range of things: a new baby brother, an adopted baby daughter, a home run in Little League, a rescued cat, a new phone, the food, the magical snowfall outside, and even a new fiance. Grandpa is just glad to be alive: "Heart's a-beating, hear just fine. / Lots of grandkids to call mine." With humor and warmth, Kimmelman's verse savors the individual voices in the loving family; even lisps are preserved. Cote's small round paintings alternate between scenes at the table and events in the speakers' stories, while endpapers provide a colorful family tree. An excellent choice for families or teachers who want to discuss the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Helen Rosenberg


Publisher's Weekly Review

Kimmelman's (Hanukkah Lights, Hanukkah Nights) round-the-table expressions of gratitude in verse bog down with forced rhymes and cloying characterizations. As a large family gathers, young Jesse sets the tone: "They're coming for turkey/ and stuffing and pie,/ for hugs and for kisses/ and handshakes and `hi.' " Once seated for the meal, Nana suggests they each express their thanks. Cousin Milo describes holding the flag at the school assembly ("Everybody came:/ the principal, the teachers,/ and Mayor What's-His-Name"); Susan talks about her speech therapist ("Every Thurthday, all latht year,/ I went to thee Mith Vandermeer"). Cote's (The Can-Do Thanksgiving) spot illustrations, as simpering as the text, do little to flesh out the speakers. Ages 5-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Through rhymes, the members of an extended family take turns sharing what they are grateful for on Thanksgiving. This collection of short poems begins and ends with young Jesse, who interjects comments throughout in italics. The first page features a family tree with each of the characters' portraits. The illustrations are lively and colorful, and show the many situations for which the individuals give thanks. The concept has potential, but falls flat in its execution. Peggy's selection is filled with "Yakity-yaks" and teen-speak ("I'm thankful, you know,/for my new phone, see?/Briiing! Gotta go./That's prob'ly for me!"). Mark and Aunt Julie's poem is written in alternating lines about how they met in a coffee shop after having a morning full of mishaps. Jesse asks, "Is Aunt Julie getting married again, Mom?" "She sure is, Jesse." The poems are all over the map in terms of subject, length, and rhythm, and have only the illustrations to tie them together. One poem is about how Aunt Terry and Uncle Dave went far away to adopt Kaitlyn. It is accompanied by Asian symbols, but the country and culture of their daughter are not identified. Although the idea of each family member giving thanks may sound like a worthy subject, this attempt lacks child appeal in tone and structure.-Genevieve Gallagher, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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