Inevitably, every household has one adult who takes up round-the –clock residence in the kitchen on the last Thursday in November. While guests mingle, television is watched, & games are played, this adult is cooking, mixing, & stirring. It truly is a ‘thankless’ job.
In Billy’s house, this Thanksgiving duty falls to his mother. According to the story, her preparations start in autumn. For all her hard work, poor Mom only receives whining from Billy. His theory is that he is the suffering one. After all, it’s he who has to wait endlessly for the meal to commence. Unfortunately, he decides to voice this opinion to his mother.
Mom lays down a challenge: if you don’t like it, than do it yourself! Accepting the challenge, Billy sets forth to prepare the feast singlehandedly. What does an elementary school aged child know about cooking? Apparently, the answer is very little. Can Billy pull off the year’s biggest dinner?
Jeremy Frank has given kids a look at how difficult it is to do what the grownups do. Ultimately, the goal is that Billy & the reader both learn gratitude. There are good intentions all around, but the reader or those reading to them, will have to stretch their imaginations a bit. Having hosted Thanksgivings myself, I understand how stressful it can be. Billy’s mom does lose her temper a bit. That’s understandable. But, from a safety standpoint, Billy looks to be around 2nd or 3rd grade. Should he be handling this at all?
It would have made a tad more sense to adults if Billy had been sentenced to assist in the kitchen or even do the clean-up. However, children won’t ponder these points & this story is for them. The illustrations are fantastic & the descriptions of Billy’s concoctions are quite lively. Kids will at least get a giggle along with the moral.
All told, I award 4 of 5 stars to ‘Billy & the Thankless Thanksgiving.’
I received an eBook in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine. This book is available through http://www.kitereaders.com