Reviews for Thanksgiving at the Tappletons'


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2004 Spring
After various family members reveal why his or her dish isn't prepared for Thanksgiving dinner, the Tappletons quickly pull a meal together from whatever they can find in the kitchen: liverwurst, cheese, pickles, and applesauce. In the end, they realize Thanksgiving isn't about the food but about being grateful for what they have--one another. Lloyd's new illustrations lend humor to the pointed story. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2003 September #4
First published in 1982, Thanksgiving at the Tappletons' by Eileen Spinelli is being reissued with new art by Megan Lloyd. The illustrations present an all-animal cast (who bear a slight resemblance to Ashley Wolff's furry critters), with the Tappleton clan starring as wolves determined to make the most of it when their roast turkey goes missing. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2003 September
PreS-Gr 3-This charming title, originally published in 1982 (HarperCollins), has been newly illustrated with vibrant, humorous artwork, with wolves instead of people as characters. The trouble begins when the turkey slips from Mrs. Tappleton's grasp and slides out the door, across the lawn, and into the frozen pond. Nonstop hilarity continues and more challenges develop with the pies, mashed potatoes, and even the salad. This family races through the day, experiencing one calamitous food catastrophe after another. However, the guests realize that Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate one another, not the traditional feast. This never-a-dull-moment look at Thanksgiving is a feast for the eyes; the slapstick events that develop are what help to strengthen the family ties. A comical, quirky view of tradition and togetherness, this title will be a surefire hit with the storytime crowd.-Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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