BOOK REVIEW: ‘Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving

'Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving (Bookshelf)

’Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving is all kinds of awesome, and every humane household should get a copy for their holiday favorites.

The story-poem is based up that universal chestnut, ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. However, instead of Santa Claus and reindeer this story focuses upon a school bus full of children and their pre-Thanksgiving field trip to visit Farmer Mack Nugget (uh-oh) and his flock of turkeys (double uh-oh). When the farmer announces his plan for the birds come Thanksgiving, the kids aren’t just shocked—they’re determined! In a funny and sweet twist, the turkeys mysteriously disappear from Mack Nugget’s pen—and all the children’s families get feathered guests for their holiday dinners.

Rest assured, all of the kids’ families are understanding and empathetic, because they decide that turkeys are much cooler alive:

The very next evening,
Eight families were blessed
With eight fluffy Thanksgiving turkeys as guests.
They feasted on veggies
With jelly and toast,
And everyone was thankful
–(The turkeys were most!)

Fantastic! So not only do we have the message that turkeys definitely have an interest in living—we also get the idea that traditions can change, and Thanksgiving is about family, friends, and love—NOT about stuffing your face with turkey meat.

The final page sums it all up so nicely:

So each one gave thanks,
For love and for living
And they all had a wonderful
Blessed Thanksgiving.

How wonderful if we could all evolve our holiday traditions to embrace kindness and compassion toward all living beings.

(Review originally appeared at


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