THANKS & GIVING by Marlo Thomas

THANKS & GIVING

All Year Long
Age Range: 5 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Thomas does her compilation thing again, gathering like-themed stories, anecdotes, poems, scripts, songs, cartoons, and illustrations from over 80 celebrity contributors. Not only is the cast a stellar one, ranging from the likes of Maurice Sendak and Marc Brown to Matt Groening, from Julianne Moore and Ray Romano to Mel Brooks and Wendy Wasserstein, but readers expecting a barrage of sugary bromides are in for a surprise. Jon Scieszka’s opening fable—in which quarreling mouse, bird, and sausage housemates immediately come to bad ends after switching mealtime tasks—is only the first of many refreshingly unsentimental takes on what giving and receiving are all about. Nearly every entry here is new, and like Thomas’s The Right Words at the Right Time (2002) and her perennial “Free to Be . . . ” titles, this collection is both tailor-made for sharing, and sure to spark plenty of illuminating discussion. (royalties donated to pediatric research) (Anthology. 5-8)

Pub Date: Nov. 2nd, 2004
ISBN: 0-689-87732-3
Page count: 96pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2004