If you want your pre-schooler to understand the true meaning behind the Thanksgiving celebration this is the book for you.
Beautifully illustrated it tells the story of a young girl’s Thanksgiving experience in 1941. Through pictures and conversation with her mother, Takari learns about the Japanese Thanksgiving.
When Takari accidentally damages the Thanksgiving platter an heirloom from her Japanese grandmother her mum seems unreasonably angry. It is only when her puppy Ruffles has a similar accident, Takari realises her mother was stressed and didn’t mean to upset her.
She is sent to play with Little Sparrow and learns about making corn bread as it was made on the first Thanksgiving by the Wampanoag. When she finds out Little Sparrow and his father are spending part of their Thanksgiving at the veteran hospital she helps too and realises the true meaning of Thanksgiving is sharing and helping others especially those less fortunate.
A lovely way to help your children understand Thanksgiving is more than a Turkey dinner.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars