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Book: The Squirrels’ Thanksgiving
Author: Steven Kroll
Illustrator: Jeni Bassett
Publisher: Scholastic, republished in 1991
ISBN-13: 9780823408238 (hardcover)
ISBN: 082340823X (hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0439240291 (paperback)
ISBN-10: 0439240298 (paperback)
Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable)
Reading level: Ages 4 to 8
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Kroll, Steven. The Squirrels’ Thanksgiving (published in 1991 by Holiday House Inc.). When our boys were learning to read, we often obtained books, usually from the library, to supplement their “social studies” of holidays. In this Thanksgiving Day related book, Momma and Poppa Squirrel announce on Thanksgiving Eve that the family has much to be thankful for, including friends and family, this Thanksgiving. However, Buddy and Brenda, each feeling mistreated by the other, just can’t get along and don’t feel particularly thankful for siblings. The following day, the two do their best to behave at first, but it’s not long before they revert to the familiar bickering and pinching.
Then, cousins Penny and Chuck appear for dinner, and their thoughtlessness and nasty behavior make Buddy and Brenda realize that they are, after all, fortunate to have each other. The message is undoubtedly one from which squabbling siblings will benefit. It covers the smaller stresses of family life and teaches the lesson that the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. Brothers and sisters can learn to be more positive. Also the sprightly pictures of the diminutive squirrel clan are endearing. It makes a great Thanksgiving read aloud or a good story for an early reader. One reviewer called it “A win win book.” Other holiday titles by Kroll and Bassett include It’s April Fool’s Day! and The Biggest Pumpkin Ever.