Thanksgiving Day at Our House: Thanksgiving Poems for the Very Young
Written by Nancy White Carlstrom Illustrated by R. W. Alley
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers in 1999
In Thanksgiving Day at Our House fifteen cute poems dance with colorful, adorable illustrations. Both the poems and the artwork capture the traditions and humor, the colors and confusion, the purpose and silliness of the Thanksgiving holiday.
The jingle-jangle of the short poems appeals to very young children. (ages 2-5, I think) The illustrations do, too. They capture the adorable and sometimes absurd behaviors of preschoolers. The book makes a point of including very young children in Thanksgiving celebrations—an idea I really like.
The poems pay tribute to family and friends. They also remind us of Thanksgiving history and traditions including school pageants and Thanksgiving Day feasts. Three poems are prayers; one for the feast, one for people in need, and finally, a good night prayer of gratitude.
Thanksgiving Day at Our House is a fun read-to book that celebrates both family and Thanksgiving Day.