ROUND THE TURKEY: A Grateful Thanksgiving

Leslie Kimmelman, Author, Nancy Cote, Illustrator , illus. by Nancy Cote. Albert Whitman $15.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8075-7131-6

Kimmelman's (Hanukkah Lights, Hanukkah Nights) round-the-table expressions of gratitude in verse bog down with forced rhymes and cloying characterizations. As a large family gathers, young Jesse sets the tone: "They're coming for turkey/ and stuffing and pie,/ for hugs and for kisses/ and handshakes and 'hi.' " Once seated for the meal, Nana suggests they each express their thanks. Cousin Milo describes holding the flag at the school assembly ("Everybody came:/ the principal, the teachers,/ and Mayor What's-His-Name"); Susan talks about her speech therapist ("Every Thurthday, all latht year,/ I went to thee Mith Vandermeer"). Cote's (The Can-Do Thanksgiving) spot illustrations, as simpering as the text, do little to flesh out the speakers. Ages 5-8. (Sept.)

Reviewed on: 09/23/2002
Release date: 09/01/2002
Hardcover - 32 pages - 978-1-61913-130-9
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