The horse is ready, the air is bracing, and everyone is bundled into the sleigh. So let the wind blow and the snow start to fall This family is off to Grandfather's house for a delicious feast. Read more...
The horse is ready, the air is bracing, and everyone is bundled into the sleigh. So let the wind blow and the snow start to fall This family is off to Grandfather's house for a delicious feast. Matt Tavares, with his keen eye for detail, fresh and surprising perspectives, and all the warmth and coziness of a big holiday dinner, illuminates the original text of Lydia Maria Child's verse about Thanksgiving Day, which has marked the start of the holiday season for generations of children.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2011-08-22
- Reviewer: Staff
Tavares (’Twas the Night Before Christmas) crafts a polished tribute to another holiday classic, this time a Thanksgiving song that writer and activist Child wrote as a poem for an 1844 volume. This version preserves Child’s original punctuation and spellings, and while the song’s later verses probably won’t be instantly recognizable (a common enough occurrence with holiday songs), readers’ familiarity with the tune will carry them through. So will Tavares’s paintings, a mix of watercolors, gouache, and pencil whose crispness is well suited to the wintry 19th-century setting. Tavares brings life to this countryside jaunt with light doses of humor and action: A dog races after the sleigh, trying to return a lost hat, and a boy, riding inside with his parents, peers out excitedly as the horse bounds uphill, rabbits dodging and dashing (“Over the river, and through the wood,/ No matter for winds that blow”). Other active scenes show a crowded pond full of ice skaters and a snowball fight en route, as Tavares evokes both the frosty ride and the cozy rewards at journey’s end. Ages 3–up. (Sept.)