Around the Table That Grandad Built By Melanie Heuiser Hill


Back of Book:

In a unique take on the cumulative classic “This Is the House That Jack Built,” a family gathers with friends and neighbors to share a meal around a table that brims with associations: napkins sewn by Mom, glasses from Mom and Dad’s wedding, silverware gifted to Dad by his grandma long ago. Not to mention the squash from the garden, the bread baked by Gran, and the pies made by the young narrator (with a little help). Serving up a diverse array of dishes and faces, this warm and welcoming story is poised to become a savored part of Thanksgiving traditions to come.

My Review:

I received a copy of this picture book from Candlewick Press in exchange for an honest review.  

“This is the House That Jack Built” is a classic and well-known rhyme Melanie Heuiser Hill has created a beautiful story of tradition, and culture. The text is cumulative and sharing with readers all the objects that go around Grandads table. I loved how each page discussed something added to the table that was important to the family. The text also includes a variety of different and diverse foods that the family shares. 

The illustrations by Jamie Kim are done in colorful acrylics and showcase a diverse group of family coming together to celebrate a meal together. The colors are bright and draw readers to the details on each page. 

This is a beautiful story and would make a fantastic addition to any unit on family and different traditions. It would also make a great read-aloud for the Thanksgiving season. 

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages 

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