Book Review of Scar’s Thanksgiving
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The Children’s Book Review
Written by Vida Fernandez
Illustrated by Shelby Faircloth
Ages 4+ | 34 Pages
Publisher: Palmetto Publishing (2023) | ISBN-13: 9798822932647
What to Expect: Dogs, Thanksgiving, gratitude, family, and Latino culture.
In this heartwarming, non-religious celebration of Thanksgiving, readers see this classic American festival afresh as they experience it through the unfamiliar and insatiably curious eyes of Scar, the rottweiler.
Loveable rottweiler Scar Fernández is back—this time in a Thanksgiving adventure! Scar doesn’t know what “Thanksgiving” is, but he knows something is going on. There is a commotion in the kitchen, and the house smells delicious and festive. It’s a bit of a mystery—what can it be that’s cooking in the kitchen oven?
Scar wakes up Vida, who explains the delicious smell is pernil, specially seasoned by Big Gladys. Scar learns that Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful and spend time with family, so visitors are coming for an important family gathering, and there is sure to be something special for Scar, too. What more could a dog ask for than a good family and good food?
As Scar learns about the traditions and values of a Latina Thanksgiving, readers are invited to think about what it means to be thankful for food, family, and other blessings. Rich watercolor illustrations bring both Scar and the holiday to life, blending shadows and warm colors to create a cozy atmosphere on every page. The prose is simple and inviting, perfect for reading and sharing aloud.
Scar’s Thanksgiving is an endearing holiday read, perfect for dog lovers!
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About the Author
Vida Fernandez is a mother, writer, actor, producer, and fellow reader. She grew up in Passaic, NJ, and is proud of her family’s Puerto Rican roots. She earned her undergraduate degree in Theater at New York University. Her love of words and learning led her to accept a teaching position and complete her Masters Degree in Special Education. She taught professionally in a public high school in New Jersey for 11 years.
Vida has two sons and several books and production projects in the works. Recently, Vida performed live in her first stand-up comedy show.
For more information, visit VidaFernandez.com.
About the Illustrator
Shelby Faircloth is an illustrator of books for children, such as Kristen Goldie Huber’s, “Little Liberty’s I Love America”, and Kenneth L. Haley’s, “The Toad, the Frog, and Other Fables.” Her love of nature and wildlife has inspired much of her artwork. Shelby lives on the eastern shore of Maryland with her family and two precious Havanese!
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