‘Twas the Night before Thanksgiving

Dav Pilkey authored a fun text, ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving,  that will delight any aged audience.  Based on the poem, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Dav Pilkey ventures to imagine what children would be thinking prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.  Mmm, delicious turkey meat maybe?  This field trip adventure changes the minds of the children after becoming friends with the turkeys.  When someone finds Farmer Nuggett’s ax, “they clamored aloud in a chorus of cries.” His poetic story ends with the children saving the day.

Side note:  I wonder where Dav Pilkey came up with the turkey names.  Past TV characters?  “Now Ollie, now Stanley, now Larry and Moe, On Wally, on Beaver, on Shemp and Groucho!”

Savorings for reading and in writing for ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving:

  • Hyphenated word – new-falled leaves
  • Use this text to examine the complexity of word usage between verbs, nouns, and adjectives:
  • Verbs – whistled, gobbled
  • Nouns – terrains, cockerels, clatter
  • Colon – in a list
  • Rhyming
  • Ending – allows the children to think of what they might be thankful for:  “So each one gave thanks for love and for living...”
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