Thanksgiving Rules – Picture Book Review

By Laurie B. Friedman
Illustrated by Teresa Murfin
Published on: January 1, 2014

In this savory and delicious picture book, Percy Isaac Gifford gives us ten Thanksgiving holiday rules and to get the most out of the food and festivities that make up this holiday.


Percy Isaac Gifford’s Official Thanksgiving Decree: I officially command you to eat EVERYTHING you see! Percy knows just what to do to get the most out of this delicious holiday. And so will you if you follow his ten simple rules. From “the early bird gets the turkey” to “life is sweeter when you eat sweets,” his rules will help you eat your way through the big meal. But is there more to Thanksgiving than stuffed turkey and sweet potatoes with marshmallows? See how Percy discovers the true recipe for a perfect Thanksgiving holiday.


Ha! I soooo saw myself and my family in this picture book. In Thanksgiving Rules, Percy has obviously learned quite a lot of tricks on how to navigate this special day that we spend with friends and family. Not only does he give you tips on how to get to the food faster, he teaches you how to greet and spend time with the family. He cracked me up as I saw a lot of myself in the first few tips where he showed us that the fastest way to the ‘main event’ is helping out with cleaning or peeling potatoes. Then he shows us how to give quick “hello’s” to guests so that their arrival isn’t a long drawn out process (it’s about the food, after all).

Percy gives lots of good advice about the meal that I know many parents of picky eaters will appreciate. He basically says to pile it on high and try everything – that it tastes good even when it doesn’t look like it will. And how to not let a single bit of space on your plate go to waste.

The illustrations are fun and full of activity that depict various scenes in a home on Thanksgiving day. They often appear to have various styles and textures that blend well together to create a warm, inviting feeling of the holiday.

Overall a fun book to read that kids and adults will enjoy. Plus, it is available on Kindle Unlimited.

Recommended for those who are looking for permission to eat as much as they want on Thanksgiving as well as those who want ideas on how to get to the ‘main event’ faster.

Rating: 5 stars

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