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Come meet one of the most industrious creatures of the American Southwest--a small mammal from the rodent order of animals--the packrat in A Packrat's Holiday: Thistletoe's Gift, illustrated by Nancy Batra. 

Can two little packrats find food at the cowboy campout in time for the holiday feast? Fun language and cowboy slang make for a great read aloud.

A Packrat's Holiday: Thistletoe's Gift is a wonderful picture book filled with the flavor of the old West.


Thistletoe Q. Packrat and his mom hit times "tougher n' horseshoes." The cupboards are bare. Not knowing where they'll find their next meal, they hear the pounding of hoofs. It's the cowboys "herdin' the rancher's cattle!" This means scarps of food will be left behind. Thisteltoe now has a mission. Get the scraps for their holiday meal so they won't starve.


Linda Wilson's A Packrat's Holiday: Thistletoe's Gift is an engaging children's story filled with the Old West lingo which makes the book that much more fun to read.


I highly recommend A Packrat's Holiday: Thistletoe's Gift. It'll be a great addition to the classroom or a child's home library.

Karen Cioffi

Award-winning children's author and working children's and editor-in-chief of Writers on the Move and an author online platform instructor with WOW! Women on Writing.

Never underestimate the determination of cousin packrats on a mission for a holiday meal. In A Packrat’s Holiday: Thistletoe’s Gift, author Linda Wilson takes readers on a romp with a pair of rootin’ tootin’ bean lovin’ rodents in this lively packrat-meets-cowboy western tale.



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