Posted by: Kathy Temean | November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

blog Dow Thanksgiving 2015

Dow Phumiruk, she is a pediatrician who has found her passion in art.  Over the past few years, she has been able to focus on her love of illustrating for children.

Giving Thanks

by Carol Murray

I’m happy to see you.

I’m sad when you go.

I’m wishing you sunshine

and want you to know

that I like being with you

on Thanksgiving day,

and I’ll always love you

although you’re away.


Melissa Iwai has illustrated over twenty picture books. Her first book that she wrote and illustrated was Soup Day. She was featured on Illustrator Saturday. Click here to view.

by Eileen Spinelli

Thank you for the world–still sweet.

Thank you for the food we eat.

Thank you for the honeyed sun

that spoons its light on everyone.

Thank you for the leaves that fall

in glowing piles near the wall,

for kindness in a stranger’s face

and every unexpected grace.

Thank you for the starry dark,

for children laughing in the park,

for cozy towns and sleepy farms,

for dreamers, dancers, babes in arms.

Than you for all hearts that sing

of hope in spite of everything.


Mary Reaves Uhles has created illustrations for numerous books and magazines. Mary has twice been awarded the Grand Prize for Illustration from the SCBWI Midsouth Conference and her piece, EAT was a finalist in the 2014 SCBWI Bologna Book Fair Gallery. Mary was featured on Illustrator Saturday. Click to view.

Next Year’s Forecast

by David L Harrison

Please forgive my greasy grin

With gravy dripping off my chin

As I admire my loving kin

Amid Thanksgiving burbling din.


I love to watch my family munch,

Although with so much eager crunch

I have a sudden sinking hunch

I’ll have no lovely leftovers lunch!


They’re gobbling all the turkey breast,

Dressing, pies, and all the rest.

Tomorrow I won’t feel so blessed.

Next year there’ll be fewer guests.


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Marla F. Jones is a writer and illustrator of several picture books. She also runs a small publishing company called Doodle and Peck Publishing.

blog doris ettthanksgiving

This turkey received a pardon by Abe Lincoln in  “The First Turkey Pardon” from Abe Lincoln Loved Animals by Ellen Jackson (Albert Whitman). Doris has illustrated picture books for Albert Whitman & Co. Simon & Schuster and especially Sleeping Bear Press. She was featured on Illustrator Saturday. Click here to view.

blog giving thanks Kristin Thanksgiving

Kristin Varner is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She has been operating as KBoom, an illustration and design studio since 1998. Some of her picture books for children include ‘Big Feelings’ and ‘Aladdin – A Tale from the Middle East’. She was featured on Illustrator Saturday. Click here to view.


Tracy Campbell is a published artist, author, and a retired design professional who aims to perfect the creative abilities God has blessed her with. When Tracy’s not writing, she creating whimsical works of art that inspires and encourages others. She was featured on Illustrator Saturday. Click here to view.

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Sue Clancy has a serious paper habit; she creates handmade paper, marbles it or uses other techniques to create patterns and texture on the paper. Using the finished paper she cuts out shapes and collages them into bold, carefully designed, visual stories.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Happy Thanksgiving Kathleen…and thank YOU!

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    • Donna,

      So glad you are one of my followers. Hope you had a wonderful day and don’t get caught in too many crowds if you go shopping tomorrow.


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  2. We. Are all grateful for your daily labor so! Love it all
    And you!
    Enjoy the day!


    • Oh Chris,

      That is so nice of you to say. Thank you.

      Hope you got to spend the day with all of your wonderful family.



  3. These are wonderful, both art and poetry! I am grateful for this creative community. Happy Thanksgiving, Kathy!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Dow,

      Thanks for sharing and your note.



  4. I love everything Dow draws! Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!


  5. Lovely gifts of poetry and art. Many thanks Kathy! Happy Thanksgiving!


    • Darlene,

      Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.



  6. What a fun Thanksgiving treat. Thank you, Kathy, and have a wonderful holiday!


    • Joanne,

      Do you have anything to send for the Christmas post?



  7. Happy Thanksgiving, Kathy! 🙂


  8. I really love these poems and illustrations. Thanks for sharing, Kathy.


    • Kaye,

      Thanks for letting everyone know you like the poems and illustrations.



  9. Hope you’re enjoying your Thanksgiving weekend, Kathy. I’m thrilled my art is included with so many amazing artists and writers. Thankfully yours, Tracy. 🙂


    • Tracy,

      I did have a nice Thanksgiving. Hope yours was good, too. Thanks for sharing your art with everyone.



  10. I love Marla F. Jones’ art. My favorite book (so far) that she has illustrated is Grrr . . . Night written by Susan York Meyers.Thanks for featuring her art!


  11. These are beautiful poems and delightful illustrations!


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