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The illustrations are great too, they really compliment the story very well and anyone that has experience trying to read stories to children knows how essential they are in helping get the point across. I would have liked it to be a bit longer, but other than that I am quite satisfied with the book
They have in America her Grandma Toshi's very special platter, which is traditionally used for the celebration. Takari's mom explains to her all about the Japanese Thanksgiving day which has a different name Kinro Kansha no Hi. Little Takari wants to help, and her mother reluctantly agrees, however, an accident happens and her mother is very angry so she goes to play with her friend Little Sparrow.
When Takari, and Ruffles her dog arrive at his house they find him making cornmeal, which he tells her he is making in the traditional Wampanoag Indian way, with a wooden pestle and mortar, just as it was made it at time of first Thanksgiving. Sadly, she tells him all about her accident and his father offers to help her.
The children make cornbread together discussing their different ways of celebrating Thanksgiving, and then Takari discovers that Little Sparrow is taking the cornbread to the Veterans Hospital. Thanksgiving is about helping others as well as giving thanks for what you have, he explains to her, and so she joins him and discovers for herself the pleasure which can be gained by helping others.
This is a lovely multi cultural story with bright illustrations. The author has managed to gently open children's eyes to the wider world, teaching them not only about the history behind American Thanksgiving Day but also explaining that many countries around the world celebrate their own kind of Thanksgiving days, perhaps with different names, but they all have nearly the same meaning.
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.
The Thanksgiving Dinner Platter
Ms. Handler has delivered another beautifully illustrated and engaging story that should be a hit with young readers for years and years to come. But The Thanksgiving Dinner Platter is not simply an entertaining story. In around 30 or so pages Ms. Handler manages to provide a history of the origins of Thanksgiving, a description of how other cultures and nationalities also give thanks and, at the same time, promotes the importance (and possibility)of tolerance, friendship and sharing across cultural and national divides. Using kids from mainstream American, Native American and Japanese American families to tell her story, we learn that Thanksgiving is more than just another self-indulgent holiday. Instead it serves as a reminder, for all of us, to take time out periodically, not just to count our blessings, but to share them with others. I think The Thanksgiving Dinner Platter is one of those blessings and look forward to sharing it soon with my beautiful granddaughters.
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