Diane Goode Thanksgiving Is Here!

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Thanksgiving Is Here!

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Maggie knows that Gramdma and Grandpa rise early on Thanksgiving morning. They want to get the turkey in the oven before the guests arrive and the commotion begins.

Maggie's glamorous aunt, a crybaby, an uncle with a slippery hairpiece, and an acrobatic cousin are just a few of the twenty-eight relatives and friends who come to help, "yackety-yak," and eat. As day stretches into evening, events unfold. There's a mysterious present, a budding romance, and a little dog that tags after Maggie. But whose dog is he? And what's Great-Grandma knitting? There is so much to discover here?

Like a memorable meal with family and friends, this joyous celebration of Thanksgiving will leave you smiling and fulfilled.

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About the Author:

Diane Goode was born in Brooklyn, New York, and has a BA in fine arts from Queens College. Her distinguished list of picture books begins with the Caldecott Honor winner When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant. She lives and works in Watchung, New Jersey, with her husband, David, and their two dogs, Jack and Daisy.

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PreS-Gr. 2 Thanksgiving means family, food, friends, and a reason to be grateful. All that and more is whimsically portrayed in a book that is more a chain reaction of events than a story. Still, there's plenty of bounce per ounce, which begins as a red-haired grandmother and her mustachioed husband get up and put in the turkey. Then the doorbell rings, and the tumult begins. Adults, children (many redheads), babies, and animals arrive and set the table, talk, knit, play instruments, and eat. After dinner, it's time for walking, washing, drying, a bit of crying, and dessert. The text, a line or so to a page, almost sounds as if it should be sung ("Ding-a-Ling! Grandma rings. Everyone come to the table!"). But it's the artwork that's the focus here, and sometimes there's so much activity, it's hard to believe that the figures are not really moving. There are several thin story lines to follow (What's that big wrapped present?), but kids probably won't pick them up until a welcome second or third reading. Ilene Cooper
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