The Perfect Thanksgiving by Eileen Spinelli

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Synopsis

"Our smoke alarm is wailing.
Our turkey, burnt as toast.
Dad spills the gravy down his shirt-
a less-than-perfect host".

Enter two families who couldn't be more opposite. Family one seems just perfect-with a plump golden turkey, gorgeous whipped cream swirls atop their pie, and lace napkins on the table. Family two, on the other hand, seems far from it! The turkey burns, the Jell-O wiggles and jiggles right to the floor, and Dad's shirt serves as napkin. What could these two very different families possibly have in common?

Full of whimsy, good spirit, and certainly familial love, this laugh-aloud picture book is sure to add spice to any Thanksgiving feast.
 

About Eileen Spinelli

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Eileen Spinelli has published many books for children, including Here Comes the Year, which was praised as being "lyrical and contemplative" in a Publishers Weekly starred review. She lives with her husband, author Jerry Spinelli, in Willistown, Pennsylvania.JoAnn Adinolfi is the illustrator of several books for young readers, including Halloween Hoots and Howls, which Booklist hailed for its "sprightly pictures that extend and illustrate the poems to perfection." Ms. Adinolfi lives with her family in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
 
Published September 1, 2003 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Though the comparisons are humorous and both girls seem happy, the Archer family is obviously wealthier than that of the narrator, and some of the comparisons (for example, between a chauffeur-driven limousine and a pickup truck) are both exaggerated and elitist.

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Once again, the narrator laments that her clan’s festivities fall far short of their neighbors’: “Abigail Archer’s family/ is perfect as can be./ They drive into the countryside/ to chop down their Christmas tree.” In contrast, “Our tree is artificial,/ completely out of shape,/ with ...

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Hailing from a frenetic family akin to the stars of Spinelli's Thanksgiving at the Tappletons' (noted below), a girl narrator despairs of her relatives' ineptitude as she contrasts her holiday table with that of Abigail Archer: "Their turkey is plump and golden./ Their napkins are made of lace."

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Common Sense Media

She compares and contrasts a "perfect" family's Thanksgiving Day with that of a more ragtag crew and finds them to be equally good because of the love that is apparent in each family: It is not the family's style that counts, but the feelings between the family members.

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