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32 pages
Jul 2008
Concordia Publishing House

Thank You For Thanksgiving

by Dandi Daley Mackall

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In the colorful children's book Thank You For Thanksgiving by Dandi Daley Mackall, artwork by John Walker, the extended family is all gathering for the traditional meal of turkey, pumpkin pie, and all the trimmings.  The young grandson is put in charge of making name placards for the place settings and with greeting grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins as they arrive bearing food.

When the family finally sits down to eat, they each take a turn at saying part of the family prayer, with each person saying for what he or she is most thankful.  The little grandson is scheduled to pray last, but there is nothing left to thank God for after everyone else has prayed about good food, good health, a great family, and even the love of Jesus.  Finally, the little boy just bursts out with a glorious thanks to God for being God. Everyone agrees that that is a good prayer.


 The warm tones of the drawings in this book make the food on the table seem edible, and the diversity of grey-haired grandparents, fussing little babies in high chairs, and gangly teenagers reflects a genuine holiday family gathering.  The story is told in rap-style staccato, four-line poems on each page, such as, "Gramps and Grandma, come on in!  Uncle Earl and Auntie Vin.  Dinner's ready, come on in -- Time to start Thanksgiving!"  The book concludes with a Thanksgiving biblical passage taken from Colossians 3:17, emphasizing the need to give thanks to God in all things.  This is a cute story with a good message that can be brought out and reread every November. -- Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, www.

Book Jacket:

Many families have the tradition of telling what they are thankful for at Thanksgiving dinner. Follow one boy's Thanksgiving Day, and his struggle with what to say, when he is last in line to share what he is thankful for. Cleaver rhyming text and fun illustrations will make the reading of this book one of your family Thanksgiving traditions.

"What's a kid like me to do?

Talk to God and say what's true.

Lord, I give thanks for You.

And thank You for Thanksgiving!"