The Perfect Thanksgiving (Eileen Spinelli)

Fall Festivities Week, Day 4: Happy Thanksgiving, friends! In the spirit of Turkey Day, our book for the day was The Perfect Thanksgiving, written by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by JoAnn Adinolfi, a very sweet book about the true meaning of Thanksgiving.

Abigail Archer’s family has perfect Thanksgivings. Their turkey is golden brown, their napkins are lace, and everyone in attendance is pretty and polite. The narrator’s family Thanksgiving is… not perfect. The turkey is burnt, the dessert falls on the floor, and the people are loud and wild! But at the end of the day, both Thanksgiving are full of love and togetherness, and that makes them both Perfect Thanksgivings.

This was a fantastic Thanksgiving picture book! I loved that the message was that perfect food and settings don’t make a Thanksgiving special, being with family (no matter how boisterous or messy) is. The illustrations are colorful, lively and full of small and funny details that will make this an entertaining Thanksgiving read as baby bookworms grow. The length is great, and JJ loved it, so this one is Baby Bookworm approved!

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