It seems to be Thanksgiving time. I understand that this is a holiday set aside for eating lots of turkey and pies and thinking about all the things that a person should be thankful for. I’m hearing all about turkeys and Pilgrims and Native Americans and turkeys and feasts and family time and turkeys. The kids at school are making headbands with feathers, and turkeys with their hands, and turkeys with their feet, and eating turkey for lunch. The Mom Person is going through the recipe drawer and talking on the phone a lot about who’s bringing what. And I’m walking around drooling and no one seems to notice!
Well, today isn’t Thanksgiving. Although I am thankful, because it is Perfect Picture Book Friday over at Susanna Hill’s House. And I get to share in this event! I don’t know if she’s having turkey or not. I hope so! Just in case, I am bringing turkey – for the Perfect Thanksgiving!! The Perfect Thanksgiving
by Eileen Spinelli
illustrated by JoAnn Adinolfi
published by Henry Holt and Co. in 2003
Themes – Thanksgiving! Family!
Suitable for young and old alike! All the family!
It begins –
Abigail Archer’s family
is perfect in every way.
Never is this more obvious
than on Thanksgiving Day.
This is a hilarious look at Thanksgiving through the eyes of one little girl. It’s told in perfectly wondrous rhyme with perfectly fabulous illustrations. And features a perfectly silly hand-print turkey and a perfectly artsy turkey.
The narrator compares her friend Abigail’s family holiday with her own family’s get together. At Abigail’s house everything is PERFECT. The table settings, the turkey cooked to perfection, the well dressed, well behaved, polite family holding hands around the PERFECT table – all PERFECT! At the narrator’s house, we see PERFECT chaos! Burnt turkey and wailing smoke alarms, crying kids, gravy and milk being spilled, belching and chomping and slurping everywhere. (It all sounds very much like my house!)
The narrator feels that Abigail has the PERFECT mother! Abigail’s mother wears an organdy dress with pearls and fancy shoes. She has fancy whirls on her homemade pie and her Jello mold doesn’t quiver. The narrator’s Mom wears jeans and fuzzy slippers. (Looks eerily like my Mom Person!) She serves store bought pie with no whipped topping and her Jello mold quivers!!
There is more, and more, and more about how different the two families are – But it turns out that the families have one very important element that is common to both — the LOVE that radiates from both!! And that’s something to be Thankful for!!
This book goes PERFECTLY with all the Thanksgiving activities that have been going on at school the last couple of weeks. Making turkeys and talking about Pilgrims and Native Americans and the Land that we all live in. And it offers a PERFECT opportunity to talk about our families traditions and how different they might be and how much alike!
I hope you have a PERFECT Thanksgiving celebration with your PERFECT family and are wrapped in the LOVE that I’m sure will be there.
Here is my pawprint Turkey –
And one of the many Turkey songs I have been hearing over, and over, and over —
And now you might want to visit Ms Hill’s blog and see if she’s serving some turkey over there! I’m sure that she will have some other fine Perfect Picture Books for you to check out!
I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!
From MY PERFECT family to yours!!
Walker, Electra, and St. Rhythm!
Sounds like a great book!
And I love the paw print turkey! How did you get such nice colors?
It is a fun book!!! I’m glad you like my turkey! All the kids were having their turns so I had to join in!!
Rhythm, you have such patience with your mom — a Pilgrim bonnet? Sounds like a great Thanksgiving story. Like the contrast of Perfect and Chaotic Thanksgiving dinners, but the families sharing one thing in common, their gratitude. Love Eileen Spinelli’s work.
Patience with the Mom Person is easy! She holds all the treats!! Patience with some other family members is a bit tougher. That Ms Spinelli knows how to spin a rhyme!
What a riot of a story, Rhythm. . . And I love your costumes! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your household. Enjoy your dinner!
Thanks Ms B! I am looking forward to that PERFECT turkey! 😛
What a PERFECT book to share for Thanksgiving! I hope your Thanksgiving is PERFECT and that more importantly you get to spend it with wonderful and loving people.
Thanks!! Thanksgiving is always a rowdy, fun time around this family! 🙂
Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I’m putting on my “to read” list immediately. I think I might need this as a reminder to stop trying to be too perfect during the holidays!
That’s a good thing to think about! Sit back and enjoy the day! 🙂
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours too! And I’ll cross my fingers on the crumbs falling from the table for you!
I will be right there waiting for those droppings from above! 😛
Great choice, R. Just goes to show you – “perfect” comes in many shapes and sizes! I LOVE your paw turkey! Very festive.
Love and licks,
Thanks Cupcake! I hope you have a PERFECT Thanksgiving with lots of turkey droppings! 🙂
Your posts always brighten my day! Thank you!
You’re welcome Ms Eastman! Thanks for dropping by! 🙂
I love your pawprint turkey – it’s Perfect for Thanksgiving!
Thanks Ms Heavenrich!! 🙂
What an awesome story. I love the first lines you shared. We’ll find this one. I hope you have a perfect Thanksgiving. One of our dog babies had surgery yesterday and is fine. So we are very thankful that the lump wasn’t cancer this time. 🙂
Oh! I’m glad all is well! A good day to celebrate and be thankful! 🙂
Mrs. Spinelli is a great author (and friend of mine)! This book is amazing! 😀 We LOVE the Albuquerque Turkey song in our house!
I can imagine your household sitting around singing that turkey song!! Have a bountiful day Erik!! 🙂
Best. Chicken Hat. Ever.
Pssst! It’s a TURKEY hat! 🙂
Best. TURKEY Hat. Ever.
I know this book! It’s a great one! Good choice:)
Thanks! It is a good one! It makes my readers laugh a lot! 🙂
Surrounded by love. You lucky dog.
Yes indeed!!! 😀
Oh my goodness! Those pictures were so adorable! Thank you for sharing this.
You’re welcome Ms Black!! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
I’m loving these hats lately, Rhythm. You must be the most docile dogs on the planet! 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving 🙂
I don’t know about docile. We DO enjoy the treats that are always forthcoming after these photo shoots!! 😛
I am so thankful for your lovely review of my book!!
WOW! I am so thankful for your visit!!! 🙂 You write some truly PERFECT books!! This one was sooo much fun to read! And PERFECT for the holiday! I hope you have a good one! Are you like Abigail’s family or like the narrator’s? 🙂
We are more like the narrator’s family. Ha!
You might also like The Perfect Christmas. If you send me your
mailing address I’ll send you a copy.
I was inspired to write both books by this phrase I love:
“Things don’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.”
So true, Eileen 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!
I would LOVE to have a copy of The Perfect Christmas! I think it would be a Perfect one for my school bag!! Perfect is a very subjective word. I think we all have our own vision of Perfect. For me, a nice smelly dead possum, like I found this morning, is PERFECT to roll around on. My Mom Person does not agree. I hope you have your own kind of PERFECT Thanksgiving Ms Spinelli!!
p.s. I have emailed you my mailing address. Thanks!!!
My email did not make it to you. 😦 Can you share a way for me to send it to you?
Your e-mail did make it to me. Texas, right?
Enjoy that possum.
I’m looking to the pumpkin pie!
Excellent! Enjoy that pie! 😛
You always find the perfect stories to go with the season. Gooble gooble