Barbara McGrath, author
Barbara McGrath has written over twenty books for children, including The Little Gray Bunny, The Little Red Elf, and many bestselling math concept books.
Barbara was born in Wellesley, Massachusetts, where her parents still live. She has two brothers, Al and John, who did a good job teasing her. Summers were spent on Cape Cod where the ocean became an important part of her life. Today, her hobbies include surfcasting, canoeing, and scuba diving.
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Peggy Tagel, illustrator
Peggy Tagel's bright, colorful cut-paper illustrations have been reproduced for a variety of products, including cards, gift bags, gift wrap, packaging and stationery, as well as for children's books and magazines. She illustrated all seven books in the First Celebrations series.
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McGrath uses the occasion of Thanksgiving to help readers count to six in this board book, which launches the First Celebrations series, along with Halloween Colors. After brief hinting at the holiday's origins ("The first Thanksgiving feast was long ago. This pilgrim is holding one ear of corn"), the book shifts to the present, as Mom places two cranberries in a bowl, three candles decorate the table, and so on. Tagel contributes crisp, blocky scenes featuring dot-eyed, doll-like characters, with plenty of attention devoted to the food associated with the holiday. It's a light diversion that should keep the very young occupied while the turkey is finishing up in the oven.
Page count: 12
7 x 7