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THIS IS THANKSGIVING by Harriet Ziefert

THIS IS THANKSGIVING

By Harriet Ziefert (Author) , Deborah Zemke (Illustrator)

Age Range: 2 - 5

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 1-59354-065-5
Publisher: Blue Apple

In a sturdy board book, Ziefert and Zemke salute the bounty of Thanksgiving. As gently rolling as a prairie swell, it begins its rhymed celebration with the foodstuffs: “This is potato, mashed and white, / and gravy made exactly right / and the mix of / carrots and peas / and the yams that / are sure to please.” There’s a fun, faintly corny melodiousness to the verse, heartfelt but with an eye skinned for good cheer. Each new goodie is added to the cumulative listing until there enters the last bounty: all those relatives and friends who elevate this tribute above mere stuffing (both the bird and the belly). The final pages reveal a fold out for “a thankful song / for our blessings all year long.” The art is simple but as appealing to the young eye as a tray of bonbons, and is sure to make at least one reader drool. (Board book. 2-5)