Monday, October 3, 2011

The TTLG 2011 Picture Book Celebration: Book two hundred and seventy-six

Most families have traditions that they value, things that they like to do together. And most families have at least one family member who needs to be handled delicately. There is the grandpa who likes to talk about his war experiences (for hours), or the aunt who criticizes everything and everyone, or the grandma who loves to pinch cheeks hard. In today's picture book readers get to share a Sunday dinner with a large family and their Auntie Mabel, a lady who likes to deliver long blessings before the meal.  

Vanessa Brantley Newton
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
Blue Apple, 2010, 978-1-60905-029-0
   Every Sunday, the people in Auntie Mabel’s family go to her house for a family dinner. It is a typical Sunday, and the table and sideboard is loaded down with delicious food, and everyone is sitting around the dining table. Poppa says that it is time to pray and he starts to say grace, which when Auntie Mabel cuts in with her own prayer.
   Auntie Mabel blesses all the dishes that are waiting to be eaten. Then she blesses all the children, the President of the United States, the schools, the teachers, Pastor Bob, and then she starts to bless the chairs. Clearly something has to be done before it is too late, and all the food is spoiled.
   This funny and heartwarming picture book celebrates a family gathering and the traditions that the colorful family members share. With love and a sense of humor, the family members solve what could be an awkward situation. 

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