Turkey Monster Thanksgiving by Anne Warren Smith
Paperback, 112 pages
Whitman, Albert & Company
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This year, instead of celebrating Thanksgiving in the family's traditional way by eating pizza in their pajamas, nine-year-old Katie wants to create the perfect holiday and be just like a "real" family. But by Thanksgiving Day, Katie has invited guests Dad didn't expect, festooned the house with what may be poison oak, and set the sweet potatoes on fire. Ultimately everyone sits down to a most unusual dinner—one that succeeds because it comes from the heart.
This was a fun book to read. I love the message that every family is a "real family" regardless of who is missing from the "traditional" family structure. The fact that it is a single dad who is in the home while the mother is not is a very welcome part of it. I know many men who are single dads. It is refreshing to see them get a nod. I think it is also reaffirming to the children who are being raised by single dads to see one portrayed in a holiday book. I loved how both the fathers who were in the book were written of in a positive way. I fell in love with Katie, not so much with Claire , (who I think I was friends with). I could picture all the scenes in the book. This is an absolutely delightful Thanksgiving book. I shared it with some children who ranged in ages from 4 to 10. They had a good time with it and we had a lively discussion of all the different ways families can celebrate. We all agreed it is a 5 star book.
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