Thanksgiving Rules
Thanksgiving Rules
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Annotation: Young Percy Isaac Gifford provides a list of ten rules for getting the most out of Thanksgiving Day, especially how best to enjoy the buffet.
Catalog Number: #600026865
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Copyright Date: 2009
Edition Date: 2009
Illustrator: Murfin, Teresa,
Pages: 32
Territory: US Only
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ISBN: 0-7613-5700-9
ISBN 13: 978-0-7613-5700-1
Dewey: E
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Forget a history lesson. Food is the focus in this wry take on Thanksgiving. In light verse and bright, silly cartoon illustrations, a boy with "P.I.G." on his shirt introduces his rules for the holiday. He cannot wait for the main event to begin, the buffet, but first he has to "volunteer" to clean and help with preparations, and he has to greet all the relatives with their outstretched arms. All he thinks about, though, is eating, and at last, he fills his plate, which "can hold a lot of weight," the second time around, too. The rhymes are forced at times, but kids will appreciate the silly instructions for enjoying the day, as well as the irreverent puns and mixed-media pictures, which continue right up until the final scene of the adult relatives, stuffed, dozing, and not at all eager for Percy's special hugs.
Horn Book
Percy Isaac Gifford offers ten simple guidelines for getting the most out of the Thanksgiving holiday. From dressing up without complaining to returning for second helpings to giving plenty of appreciative hugs, the rhyming text dishes out rules at a frenetic pace. The verse is occasionally awkward, but the how-to premise and spirited illustrations have goofy charm.
Kirkus Reviews
Young Percy Isaac Gifford (whose monogrammed sweater reads, aptly, "P.I.G.") delivers a rhymed set of instructions to less-expert celebrants of the holiday. Keeping the goal clearly in mind helps to get through the less-enjoyable aspects of a family gathering, such as good clothes, helping out and greeting guests. With the able assistance of his dog, Percy gets to "The Main Event"—which is rendered with loving detail, elaborated in Rule #6 ("Don't be afraid to eat everything"). Murfin's mixed-media illustrations pile on the busyness as the feast gets underway and Percy loads up his plate; the bulging bellies sported by all at the end make the need for Percy's "Overeaters' Special" (a quick buss instead of a hug) amply evident. If the scansion sometimes labors, it's still an unabashedly joyous celebration of seasonal gluttony. (Picture book. 4-8)
Publishers Weekly

An ebullient young host named Percy assures readers that he's a “Thanksgiving Pro,” and that “when it comes to turkey day,/ there's nothing I don't know.” His “simple rules” include putting on whatever your mom wants you to wear (Rule #1: “Smile and say Pumpkin Pie”) and giving brief, polite greetings (“Rule #3: Short = Sweet”). When the buffet is unveiled, the message is loud and clear: “I officially command you to eat everything you see!” is Percy's decree. Percy's enthusiasm effectively captures the spirit of affable overindulgence. Ages 5–9. (Sept.)

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 In this story told in rhyme, Percy Isaac Gifford, clad in his P.I.G. sweater, presents readers with a workshop on how to get the most out of Thanksgiving, complete with 10 simple rules. ("Rule 1: Smile and say pumpkin pie.") He offers advice on everything from getting through preparations and greetings to how to load up the perfect plate. Exaggerated cartoon art gets increasingly busy as it builds toward the climactic spread featuring the entire Thanksgiving buffet and then slowly tapers back down again as the post-feast stupor hits many of the guests. Sometimes the inconsistent rhythm of the text makes reading aloud awkward. A silly ode to the holiday for larger collections. Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
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Word Count: 772
Reading Level: 3.1
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.1 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 130844 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD540L
Guided Reading Level: L
Fountas & Pinnell: L

Percy Isaac Gifford's Official Thanksgiving Decree: I officially command you to eat EVERYTHING you see! Percy knows just what to do to get the most out of this delicious holiday. And so will you if you follow his ten simple rules. From "the early bird gets the turkey" to "life is sweeter when you eat sweets," his rules will help you eat your way through the big meal. But is there more to Thanksgiving than stuffed turkey and sweet potatoes with marshmallows? See how Percy discovers the true recipe for a perfect Thanksgiving holiday.

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