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Thanksgiving for Emily Ann
Johnston, Teresa, author.
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Publication Information:
New York : Cartwheel Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2014
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Emily Ann learns about the meaning of Thanksgiving when her family gathers around the dinner table.
Reading Level:
AD 560 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.7 0.5 170136.

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J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Holiday
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Current Holiday Item Childrens Area-Holiday
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Current Holiday Item Holiday
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Current Holiday Item Holiday
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Current Holiday Item Holiday

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Celebrate Thanksgiving in this sweet, rhyming story all about family and togetherness!

Emily Ann doesn't like Thanksgiving, not one bit. With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday, she feels a little ignored . . . and just a little bit sad. But just as Emily Ann prepares to do her worst, her family comes together to show her what matters most about Thanksgiving: family.

With charming illustrations by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, this is a heartwarming holiday treat to share and treasure for many seasons to come. A celebration of family, friends, and the special daythat brings them all together.

Author Notes

TERESA JOHNSTON is an author of books for children, including My Tooth is Loose, Dr. Moose . She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children, Ben and Lily.

VANESSA BRANTLEY NEWTON is the illustrator of Let Freedom Sing , which she also wrote; One Love and Every Little Thing , both written by Cedella Marley; and the Ruby and the Booker Boys series, along with many other books.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

It may be Thanksgiving, but a girl named Emily Ann is feeling downright Grinchlike: "There was food to be cooked/ and chores to be done./ With everyone busy/ there was no time for fun." Emily is just about to "play a funny trick"-hiding the turkey-when her mother mistakes her mischief for helpfulness. That compliment, along with seeing her homemade place mats on the table and her large family gathered together, are enough make Emily Ann realize, "They really didn't matter,/ all her Thanksgiving woes." Brantley-Newton's exude holiday bustle and family warmth, which help carry the story through a few verbal contortions created in pursuit of a rhyme. Ages 3-5. Illustrator's agent: Lori Nowicki, Painted Words. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Poor Emily Ann. It's Thanksgiving, and she is feeling decidedly unthankful. Her older brother and sister ignore her, and her parents and grandparents are busy with meal preparations. Although her ever-present dog offers sympathetic companionship, Emily Ann, is feeling sad and alone and decides to hide the roast turkey. Fortunately, before she has time to carry out her naughty plan, her mother ushers her into an empty dining room, where Emily Ann is consoled by the sight of her prize-winning place mats and a gaggle of relatives who suddenly appear. Told in rhyme that occasionally feels as forced as the trite message, Thanksgiving for Emily Ann is a missed opportunity to recognize a child's honest experience of the holiday. The mixed-media and digital artwork has a homey, vintage feel, but the otherwise engaging illustrations are marred by the lack of consistency with the fatuous text.-Lynn Van Auken, Oak Bluffs School, Oak Bluffs, MA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.