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Thanksgiving is here!
2003
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Diane Goode was born in New York City. She has written seven and created the paintings for 55 highly acclaimed children's picture books, including the Caldecott Honor Book When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant. <p> Diane's other awards include, New York Times Best Seller Lists, ALA Notable(s), ABA Pick of the Lists, Oppenheim Platinum Book Award(s), Top Ten English Speaking Union of the United States Ambassador of Honor, Parent's Choice Award, Teacher's Choice Award, International Reading Association CBC, Children's Choice, Library of Congress Children's Book of the Year, National Council of Social Studies- Children's Book Council, Society of Illustrators Certificate(s )of Merit, NY Public Library 100 Titles of Reading & Sharing, Book List, and Children's Editor's Choice. <p> Diane is the illustrator of New York Times bestseller Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies by Cokie Roberts. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)
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Characters
Maggie (Girl), Goes to grandparents' house for Thanksgiving; aunts, uncles and cousins arrive who all add to the fun; family sits at mismatched tables and chairs for the feast, including dessert; everyone leaves, promising to come back next year
Genre
Fiction
Juvenile
Family
Topics
Thanksgiving
Celebrations
Food
Cooking
Families
Aunts
Uncles
Cousins
Grandparents
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Trade Reviews

  Publishers Weekly Review

Youngsters will want to visit Goode's (When I Was Young in the Mountains) holiday table again and again, for some of the best Thanksgiving fare in many seasons. From the 4:00 a.m. alarm that wakes Grandma and Grandpa on the title page to the pair kicking off their shoes after the last guest has left, the lively couple strikes the perfect balance between hosts and team captains. Grandpa in his bow tie and suspenders and red-headed Grandma in heels and apron greet narrator Maggie and her family (Maggie's auburn-haired Mom is clearly the blood relation) and put them to work in the kitchen ("We all love to cook at Thanksgiving"). The happy hubbub unfolds through kinetic vignettes of the guests' arrival (the families wear color-coordinated outfits, for easy tracking) and everyone pitches in, building to a horizontal spread of mismatched tables and chairs where "we all have a place." Other visual subplots include a stray dog who joins the fray and finds its owner by the end, and a gift from one of the guests (clues to its contents appear throughout) presented in the penultimate spread. This tale bursts with the bounteous food and festivity that define the holiday. Ages 3-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

  School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-An appealing account of a family gathering with wonderfully warm illustrations. Grandma and Grandpa prepare for a Thanksgiving celebration and each ring of the doorbell brings a crew of happy, hungry relatives, awaiting their hugs. The pet bird and cat seem eager to join in the fun. After everyone helps with the preparations, Grandma rings the dinner bell and all convene for a memorable holiday. The humorously detailed, pen-and-ink and watercolor, cartoon artwork is exuberant, mischievous, and full of surprises. This Thanksgiving book has something for everyone.-Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 2 Thanksgiving means family, food, friends, and a reason to be grateful. All that and more is whimsically portrayed in a book that is more a chain reaction of events than a story. Still, there's plenty of bounce per ounce, which begins as a red-haired grandmother and her mustachioed husband get up and put in the turkey. Then the doorbell rings, and the tumult begins. Adults, children (many redheads), babies, and animals arrive and set the table, talk, knit, play instruments, and eat. After dinner, it's time for walking, washing, drying, a bit of crying, and dessert. The text, a line or so to a page, almost sounds as if it should be sung (Ding-a-Ling! Grandma rings. Everyone come to the table! ). But it's the artwork that's the focus here, and sometimes there's so much activity, it's hard to believe that the figures are not really moving. There are several thin story lines to follow (What's that big wrapped present?), but kids probably won't pick them up until a welcome second or third reading. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2003 Booklist

  Horn Book Review

A simple text describes a large family's traditional Thanksgiving meal at Grandma's house, but the real story is told in the detailed illustrations. Personalities emerge, conflicts erupt, and emotions overflow in the cheerily colorful chaos that outlines the day from food preparation through dinner, clean-up, and dessert. This is a loving portrait of a family holiday. From HORN BOOK Spring 2004, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Kirkus Review

A large extended family comes together at Grandma's house for an old-fashioned Thanksgiving. Everyone helps with the cooking, the eating, and the cleanup. There is just as much noise as there is dialogue and it's all incorporated into the text of this predictable little story. The swirling text of differing size might be a little confusing to read aloud, but small audiences will enjoy coming up with the stories behind the family's actions and expressions. Goode's signature watercolor-and-ink illustrations are full of drama, mystery, and delight as the family comes together for dinner, again for dessert, and then parts until next year. Sure to please families of any size at harvest season. (Picture book. 3-6) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary (Español)
Sóc alcohòlic. Sóc drogoaddicte. Sóc homosexual. Sóc un geni.' Aquestes són les paraules amb les quals el propi Truman Capote es va definir en un moment determinat de la seva existència. Escriptor precoç, obertament homosexual i afeccionat a l'alcohol i a les drogues va acabar suïcidant-se, incapaç d'assumir el contrast entre el món que ell imaginava i la crua realitat. Vint-i-cinc anys després de la seua mort, la turbulenta personalitat d'aquest extravagant escriptor continua captivant als lectors, alimentant pàgines i pàgines de la premsa escrita i cridant l'atenció de la crítica. Truman Capote, un camaleón ante el espejo, es presenta com un modest intent de reivindicar la memòria d'aquest no sempre brillant però extraordinari escriptor que mereix ocupar un lloc més destacat en els anales de la història literària.
Summary
<p>Maggie knows that Gramdma and Grandpa rise early on Thanksgiving morning. They want to get the turkey in the oven before the guests arrive and the commotion begins.</p> <p>Maggie's glamorous aunt, a crybaby, an uncle with a slippery hairpiece, and an acrobatic cousin are just a few of the twenty-eight relatives and friends who come to help, "yackety-yak," and eat. As day stretches into evening, events unfold. There's a mysterious present, a budding romance, and a little dog that tags after Maggie. But whose dog is he? And what's Great-Grandma knitting? There is so much to discover here?</p> <p>Like a memorable meal with family and friends, this joyous celebration of Thanksgiving will leave you smiling and fulfilled.</p>
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