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Hardcover: 32 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 8.00 x 0.25 x 10.25 Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (September 1, 2003) ISBN: 080506530X Ages 4-8 President Abraham Lincoln's youngest son, Tad, is very fond of Jack the turkey. He has tamed him and taught him tricks, and the bird follows him all around the White House yard. But Jack was meant to be the main dish of the first official Thanksgiving celebration. Tad doesn't want his pet to be eaten for dinner, not even for a day as special as Thanksgiving! Can he convince his father to save Jack's life?"
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Gary Hines grew up in the Cascade Mountains of northern California. A former ranger for the United States Forest Service, he is the author of several books, including A Christmas Tree in the White House. He lives with his wife, author and illustrator Anna Grossnickle-Hines, in northern California.
Alexander Wallner is the illustrator of A Christmas Tree in the White House and numerous other picture books about famous historical figures. A graduate of Pratt Institute of New York City, she lives in Maine with her husband, illustrator John Wallner.
Kindergarten-Grade 3-The author/illustrator team that created A Christmas Tree in the White House (Holt, 1998) has set another holiday story in the presidential mansion. Young Tad Lincoln, horrified to learn that his tame turkey is destined to be served at the Thanksgiving feast, begs his father to pardon his pet. This fictionalized account of a true incident is filled with tidbits about Tad's known antics in the White House-charging visitors tolls, setting up a fruit stand, and discharging a toy cannonball into the Cabinet Room door. They add touches of humor to the tale, as do the stylized gouache illustrations. A few of Wallner's paintings are inconsistent in proportion or perspective, but give the overall impression of charming folk art. An informational section at the end features a photograph of Lincoln with his son and explains that, though much of the story is invented, Tad's exploits were legendary; those mentioned in the book are based on actual accounts. A brief explanation of the Civil War and description of Abraham Lincoln's life and presidency are appended. Pair this with Laurie Halse Anderson's Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving (S & S, 2002) to give students an overview of 1863, the year Thanksgiving was declared a national holiday.
Laurie Edwards, West Shore School District, Camp Hill, PA
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Book Description Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 2003. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11080506530X
Book Description Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 2003. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX080506530X
Book Description Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 2003. Condition: New. Alexandra Wallner (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M080506530X