The Best Thanksgiving Ever!

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Dawn Friedman, Common Sense Media
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Simple story celebrates families coming together.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a simple story of a family of turkeys celebrating Thanksgiving. Nothing objectionable is presented.

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What's the story?

A turkey family prepares their home for their annual Thanksgiving dinner.

Is it any good?

While this isn't a deep book or a particularly moving one, it’s a fun way to start discussion about your own Thanksgiving celebrations or the inevitable trials (and fun) of having visitors. Similar to what many kids will experience, the turkey family is crowded, busy, and alike but not alike (with their different hats, different expressions, and different ways of spending time before dinner). It's noisy, the baby is crying, there are hugs and kisses, and lots of stuff left to do even as the first visitors pull into the driveway.

Bright colors and cartoon-y pen-and-ink drawings effectively convey the craziness of large family gatherings. Kids will enjoy picking out the different characteristics of the turkeys (like Great-Uncle Dwight -- think his Elvis-like hairdo is actually a toupee?) and maybe even finding folks who match their own relatives. And have no fear, the turkeys aren't cannibals -- their Thanksgiving menu is centered around a big plate of corn on the cob.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their own family traditions around Thanksgiving. What does your family's Thanksgiving celebration consist of? Which family members usually participate?

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