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ROUND THE TURKEY by Leslie Kimmelman


A Grateful Thanksgiving

by Leslie Kimmelman & illustrated by Nancy Cote

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-8075-7131-8
Publisher: Whitman

As 20 members of an extended family gather for the Thanksgiving feast, a poem by each describes thoughts of thanksgiving or a story each wants to share. Even the dog gets into the act with a poem filled with “woof” and “slurp.” Although the poetry is wonderfully appropriate for the ages of the youngsters, the rhyme at times lapses into singsong and uneven rhythms. Fortunately, everyone’s poem is not of the same meter or style, one (that of Julie and her new beau) is even for two voices. Thanks is given for everything from a new phone to getting to miss school after falling out of a tree. The front endpapers illustrate the family tree, which greatly assists in identifying the speakers and the immediate family to which each belongs. The family includes a single mother of three who has fallen in love with someone she will soon marry and a couple who has adopted an Asian child. The collection begins and ends with the child of the family that hosts the affair and there is an air of anticipation and love throughout. Brightly colored cartoon illustrations range from spots to a full-page spread and are rather busy, but they reflect the excitement of a family holiday. (Picture book/poetry. 3-6)