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'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving (Bookshelf) [Paperback] Unknown Binding – January 1, 2004


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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (2004)
  • ASIN: B0084JE2D0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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"Considered one of the most popular contemporary authors for readers in elementary school, (Dav Pilkey) is also regarded as a talented artist and inventive humorist as well as a subtle moralist. ...He underscores his works--even at their most outrageous--with a philosophy that emphasizes friendship, tolerance, and generosity and celebrates the triumph of the good-hearted."
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I laugh out loud every time!
Kerri L. McDonald
I have read this book every year for 7 years to my Kindergarten classes and they absolutely love it.
Amy Turnage
They are grown now and to this day we read this book every year before the Thanksgiving Dinner.
Pat Schwartz

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jo Blinkey on November 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I am not a vegatarian, yet I love this book. It by no means ruins the Thanksgiving tradition, it only gives a comical view as to how a turkey might feel about Thanksgiving. I teach kindergarten and my class wants me to read this story over and over!
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Endfinity on November 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving follows the rhythm of Twas the Night Before Christmas, and this is definitely a book that should be read out loud. I'm sending this with my son to school so his teacher can read it to the class. I've told her about it, and she and the class are waiting for it! One of my favorite illustrations is where the children are hugging the happy little turkeys. (No, NOT a reality, but this is a CHILDREN'S book. We save a little reality for them later in Catcher In The Rye.) Also, I love the illustration of the children, suddenly turned all chubby, with turkey feathers sticking out from under their coats. Hmmm...

Maybe some of the naysayers of this book should stop and consider some old favorites. Snow White committed breaking and entering. Do they warn their children that they should not break into people's house and randomly clean, like Snow White? My goodness! We might have a nation of pint-sized bandits, compulsively cleaning stranger's houses...

And my eight year old son STILL does not like turkey at Thanksgiving, without reading Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving. He likes the mashed potatoes and stuffing, no matter how much I try to hide the turkey with the mashed potatoes...

Dav Pilkey is such a wonderful writer/illustrator of children's books. You should definitely check out his website, [...] Mr. Pilkey, by the way, was not vegetarian when he wrote this or trying to send any "hippie, liberal" message. He's just an adult-sized kid who writes an entertaining book.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is one of my favorite of all children's books. It's silly and touching, a difficult combination to achieve. The words and the pictures are perfect together. It gets people in touch with that childlike side that remembers what it's like when we first make that connection between food and a living creature.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Father on November 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As vegetarians of a 4 year old, we have been looking for books and videos/dvd's on thanksgiving that put' much less focus on eating turkey. We have tried to raise our child as a thoughtful vegetarian. Meaning, we realize we are still very much in the minority and most everyone he knows eats meat. I don't want to program him in such as way where he his openly criticizing people eating meat. This entertaining book also creates thoughtful discussion of why we choose not to eat meat but also realizing most others do. Parts of the book may be a bit inappropriate for younger children as there is a farmer wielding an ax. BUT overall it's a good book with great illustrations.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My kids and I love this book. Written in the style of 'Twas the Night before Christmas...a group of school children are taken on a field trip. "When what with their wondering eyes should they see, but a miniature farm and eight tiny turkey."
A very sweet, non-violent story!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 13, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is great for kids to see where exactly their turkey dinner comes from! A lot of us take for granted that our food is just there - not what has to be done to get it there and this is a delightful story for young and old alike. It is truely the essence of being thankful for animals.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jan Pierce on November 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I love Dav Pilkey's 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving! I teach a Montessori public school class of first, second and third graders, and I also happen to be a vegan. I want my students to know the truth about where food comes from, and this book helps teach them that turkey dinners don't grow on trees! I love the illustrations, from the chubby teacher and her peace-sign earrings, to the Starry Night background (a good bridge for studying the work and life of Van Gogh!) It has become a Thanksgiving tradition for me.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Friel (barbtod@nni.com) on November 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
While I was in college, I read this book to a kindergarten class. The students thought it was very funny! However, they were not the only ones who enjoyed this silly story. My professor, my fellow classmate (and me too) as well as the other teachers in the room were thoroughly enjoying the book as much as the children. I loved the book so much that I just ordered for myself. This is a story to share with your own children!
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