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Thanksgiving on Thursday (Magic Tree House #27): 09/02/10

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Thanksgiving on Thursday by Mary Pope Osborne was the book that killed my son's interest in the series. It seems that every series feels the temptation to do an issue, book or episode for the major holidays. This book sends Jack and Annie to experience a thanksgiving feast with the Pilgrims.

Yes, there were pilgrims. Yes they got help from the local indigenous population. But the holiday we celebrate now on the fourth Thursday of November evolved over time and except for sentimentality has nothing to do with that first feast.

So Jack and Annie go back the pilgrims and make a dogs breakfast out of trying to help prepare for the meal. I get that they are children but they were completely useless, more so than usual. My son who was going on seven at the time that we read the book was shocked at how little they know. He's grown up in an urban setting his entire life but he has more domestic life skills than both children combined.

Frankly it would have been more interesting, unique and educational to have sent Jack and Annie back to 1941 when Congress designated the fourth Thursday as a national holiday of Thanksgiving. I bet most kids don't know that part of the story. It would certainly be refreshing compared to yet another rehashing of the same old Pilgrim story.

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Comment #1: Tuesday, September, 7, 2010 at 02:36:03

The Bookish Snob

Great teasers!! Let us know what the nickname was and how it was created.

Here's my Tuesday Teaser



Comment #2: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at 21:59:23

Pussreboots

The nickname is Nada. But it would take too long to explain how it came about.



Comment #3: Tuesday, September, 7, 2010 at 06:01:03

Shelley Munro

Nicknames are like that. They arrive without warning and stick for life.

Here's My Teaser



Comment #4: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at 22:00:06

Pussreboots

So for I've gone through life without any nicknames.



Comment #5: Tuesday, September, 7, 2010 at 06:11:33

Sullivan McPig

nicknames do have the nasty habit of creeping up on you. Nice teaser.



Comment #6: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at 22:02:16

Pussreboots

So far none have crept up on me.



Comment #7: Tuesday, September, 7, 2010 at 07:16:54

gautami tripathy

What a cover! Love that teaser too!



Comment #8: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at 22:03:17

Pussreboots

The cover is by a local artist. So far the book is very good.



Comment #9: Tuesday, September, 7, 2010 at 08:49:56

Freda

I wonder what the nickname was.... great teaser!



Comment #10: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at 22:04:48

Pussreboots

It is Nada. I'm waiting to see what becomes of the nickname.



Comment #11: Tuesday, September, 7, 2010 at 08:54:39

Kah Woei

Leaves me wondering what kind of nickname it was. Must be very bad.



Comment #12: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at 22:06:48

Pussreboots

The nickname is Nada. I'm waiting to see how it plays out.



Comment #13: Tuesday, September, 7, 2010 at 09:19:33

Kristin

Interesting teaser.

Here's mine.



Comment #14: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at 22:08:19

Pussreboots

Thank you.



Comment #15: Tuesday, September, 7, 2010 at 09:24:12

Buffy @ Situations Where You May Need It

That's totally how nicknames happen, eh? Here's mine.



Comment #16: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at 22:12:29

Pussreboots

I don't know but it's a funny scene.



Comment #17: Tuesday, September, 7, 2010 at 10:38:42

Aisle B

Ooops always watch what you say or it may STICK!

have a great read and here's mine on Aisle B. My teaser on Aisle B.



Comment #18: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at 22:15:03

Pussreboots

My parents and in laws have knicknames, none as silly as the ones in this books, but my husband, children and I are all nickname free. I'm not sure how that happened.



Comment #19: Tuesday, September, 7, 2010 at 10:57:12

E.J. Stevens

Great teaser! My teaser is here.



Comment #20: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at 22:16:05

Pussreboots

Thank you for stopping by.



Comment #21: Tuesday, September, 7, 2010 at 14:40:43

Trillian

Great teaser this week. Mine's here



Comment #22: Tuesday, September, 7, 2010 at 10:20:44

Pussreboots

Thank you. I'm glad you liked it.



Comment #23: Tuesday, September, 7, 2010 at 18:46:56

Lori

Never heard of this book, but it looks like my kids closet. lol. I hope that you enjoy your book. Here's my Teaser for Tuesday.



Comment #24: Tuesday, September, 7, 2010 at 10:20:48

Pussreboots

Your kid has golf clubs in his closet? I am enjoying the book. Thanks.



Comment #25: Wednesday, September, 8, 2010 at 07:46:28

Jessica @ BookSake

This one sounds like it will be a very moving read. Love the teaser, that how the names that stick are made.



Comment #26: Friday, September 10, 2010 at 21:46:47

Pussreboots

It's a tear jerker in places.



Comment #27: Wednesday, September, 8, 2010 at 08:54:36

Cheryl "Mash"

Good teaser. What damage?

CMash



Comment #28: Friday, September 10, 2010 at 21:49:58

Pussreboots

To his reputation.



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