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When Papa sends a turkey to be fattened up for Thanksgiving, Miguel takes a liking to the friendly bird. Soon, Miguel and Gracias are going everywhere together. But Gracias isn't a pet-he's supposed to be a meal! With a little help from Abuelito, Abuelita, and Tia Rosa ((implement accents)), will Miguel be able to keep Gracias off the Thanksgiving table?
This heartwarming tale will inspire readers to give thanks for family, community, and friendship.
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Joy Cowley began to write for children as a way to help her son with his reading. Since then, she has written over 400 books for early readers, including the Boston Globe/Horn Book winner Red-Eyed Tree Frog, Mrs. Wishy-Washy, Big Moon Tortilla, and Gracias, The Thanksgiving Turkey. Her latest title is Chameleon, Chameleon, which is a follow-up to the Red-Eyed Tree Frog. She currently writes for both adults and children.
In grade school, Joy was struggled with reading. However, when she discovered the adventures found in books, she forgot” that she couldn’t read. By the age of 11, I was a book addict who haunted the local library,” says Joy. And like all children who over-dose on reading, I penned the overflow. Writing too, became an addiction.”
She married a farmer when she was twenty-years-old, lived on a dairy farm and raised four children. During those years I milked cows, changed diapers, made puppets and play dough and wrote short stories in the evenings.” Joy states. An editor in New York read one of those stories, reprinted in Short Story International. That query led to five novels for adults. She was also writing stories for her son Edward, who was a slow reader. These little stories made their way to other children, other schools and by the early 1970s, teachers were making big books” from them to use with their students. Can you get these stories published?” they asked.
Joy is still writing full-time. These days the creative hours are divided between adult writing articles, spiritual reflection material, stories and novels and books for children.
Joy Cowley lives in New Zealand with her family.
Mr Cepeda received his BFA in illustration from California State University, Long Beach in 1992 and also studied Engineering at Cornell University. He is the illustrator of awarding-winning picture books such as What a Truly Cool World and Nappy Hair.
Ages 3^-7. Little Miguel lives in a New York City apartment with his grandparents and his aunt, while his truck-driving father is on the road. Papa sends Miguel a turkey to fatten for Thanksgiving, but the boy names the bird Gracias and loves him as a pet. As the holiday approaches, Gracias' fate looms darkly over the festivities. However, when Gracias follows Miguel to church and receives Padre Jaime's blessing, even Abuelo and Abuela concede that they must have chicken for Thanksgiving, because "no one can eat a turkey that's been blessed." Cowley creates a distinctive, modern setting for the old theme of a turkey who sits at rather than on the Thanksgiving table. Although city life is not idealized (at one point a thief steals Gracias), most of the neighbors in Miguel's multiethnic community take a friendly interest in the boy and his bird. The inclusion of Spanish words within the text is handled well, with most meanings evident from the context, but a short glossary also appears on the last page. Cepeda's oil paintings, reminiscent of Ezra Jack Keats' illustrations, vividly create Miguel's colorful, sympathetic community as well as individual characters. Carolyn Phelan
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Descripción Scholastic Paperbacks, 2005. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0439769876
Descripción Scholastic Paperbacks, 2005. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110439769876
Descripción Scholastic Paperbacks, 2005. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0439769876