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Holly’s Thanksgiving Wish: A Story of Triumph and Balloons by Kaine and Duds is a charming children’s picture book. Holly the hedgehog loves everything about Thanksgiving; spending time with her family, eating delicious food, watching football, and playing games. Holly really wants balloons to be a part of her family’s Thanksgiving festivities, but unfortunately, the balloons don’t last very long around a family of spiky hedgehogs. One year Holly is determined that balloons will be included in her family’s Thanksgiving. Entertaining critters such as Little Pork and Skunk the Sprayer assist Holly in making her dream come true. Whimsical illustrations along with the upbeat tone of this story make for a fun and lively read. Interesting facts about hedgehogs and cranberries are also included in this delightful story.
This uplifting story is filled with adorable characters and family fun. Holly is a spunky and spirited hedgehog who will inspire children to pursue what makes them happy. Holly’s excitement and anticipation throughout the story demonstrate how rewarding it can be to confidently follow your dreams. Readers of all ages will be delighted by the cute and charismatic animals that befriend and assist Holly with her ambitious undertaking. Holly enjoys spending every Thanksgiving with her family and thanks to her persistence, and the help of her family and friends, one Thanksgiving is extra special for everyone. Kaine and Duds’ Holly’s Thanksgiving Wish: A Story of Triumph and Balloons captures the joy of being with family at Thanksgiving and the thrill of chasing your heart’s desires.