The Goopy Ghost at Thanksgiving


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A storm threatens to ruin Thanksgiving and the Brown’s family home. Goopy Ghost scares up help for the entire family and for readers of Little Ray Children’s Books. Although Goopy’s pumpkin home is squashed during a last-minute harvest, the bright orange ghost braves a dangerous storm to save the celebration for everyone. He shows children how to double Thanksgiving pleasure in his website activity for this occasion.

This story helps children overcome their fears of anything from thunderstorms to ghosts. They also learn the true meaning of giving thanks and the importance of being in the company of family and friends. 29 pages. ISBN 09781456521240.  Publication Date: April 7, 2011.

15 reviews for The Goopy Ghost at Thanksgiving

  1. Little Ray Children’s Books

    Sheri L. Wright
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Goopy Ghost at Thanksgiving
    Reviewed in the United States on April 22, 2011
    A wonderfully imaginative tale that has a moral woven into the fun. Children will love this and adults will enjoy reading it to them. What a great addition to holiday reading!

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    Lois June Wickstrom
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Ghost Learns to Say Grace
    Reviewed in the United States on July 21, 2011
    Goopy always tries to be helpful. This time, he’s there for Thanksgiving when his family loses their home. He knows what matters — being with the people he cares about. The art expresses the energy of this tale.

  3. Little Ray Children’s Books

    5.0 out of 5 stars Great for educators and guidance counselors!!
    Reviewed in the United States on August 31, 2011
    Goopy is a great series of books to use to teach everything from character traits such as thankfulness overcoming obstacles but is also great to use with Science and other subjects. I use this book in my classroom to teach character and IN A PUMPKIN SHELL for Activities to go along with Goopy. Great for Halloween Autumn and other holidays it is a wonderful written and beautifully illustrated book for all children. Both books used together will not only teach your child or students about good character but also sciences, geography and and they will have a lot of fun while learning. i highly recommend this book to guidance counselors, science teachers, preschool centers and families. Have fun with Goopy and Little Ray!

  4. Little Ray Children’s Books

    5.0 out of 5 stars The Goopy Ghost on Thanksgiving
    Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2011
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    V.R. Duin has done it again!! The Goopy Ghost on Thanksgiving is one of my favorite children’s books as it has a happy story, a story about overcoming obstacles and a very good moral interwoven through the plot. Thank goodness for such stories and how good it is to know there are such positive messages being presented to children at an early age. I love the Goopy Ghost on Thanksgiving!!!

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    John Bruins
    5.0 out of 5 stars Goopy Ghost at Thanksgiving
    Reviewed in the United States on February 6, 2012
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    V. R. Duin is an excellent author of Children’s Books. The Goopy Ghost Series of books are written in a way to keep children interested as well as to help teach them important life lessons. I personally know that these books are being used in schools and added to school libraries across the country. Besides writing excellent books, V. R. Duin donates a lot of time to children, making appearances at schools to read her books. She truly cares about the children’s education. I highly recommend these books to parents, grand-parents, uncles and aunts.

  6. Little Ray Children’s Books

    5.0 out of 5 stars Goopy Ghost Comes Through!
    Reviewed in the United States on October 3, 2012
    After the Carolinas tornado outbreak of 2011, I needed a book where I could expose fears children may have with weather. It was my hope as we exposed these fears kids would be able to open up a little more about weather disasters. Choosing the Goopy Ghost is a home run for getting kids to a place where they can open up about their storm fears. It’s my job as a Meteorologist to find ways to turn their fears into a positive. Whether I teach them more about weather, storm spotting, and getting involved in the weather community. Taking a fear and turning it into a positive is a rewarding experience and the Goopy Ghost series is a perfect way to accomplish this task.

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    Beverly Lynnt
    5.0 out of 5 stars Being Thankful
    Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2012
    “Thanks is not bound in any way.
    It isn’t tied to a certain day.
    It isn’t tied to just one place.
    Thanks has its very own grace.”

    Just as Ma and Pa Brown prepare for their Thanksgiving celebration by picking out a couple of pumpkins for their pies, it begins to rain. Goopy is outside and getting wet when Pa Brown invites him inside their home to dry. The rain turns from sprinkles to torrential rain and now the Browns are worried about their animals. Grateful Goopy helps bring the animals in to safety. All is going well when suddenly the house is lifted up and carried off in a flood.

    When matters are finally righted, including a new spot for their home high up a hill where the flood waters won’t intrude, they celebrate. I can just imagine how much gratitude they felt after the flood was over. This book gives us an opportunity to remind our children that bad things happen to good people. Even when children are very young, they can be taught what to do in emergencies, how to look for the good in every circumstance, and how to develop an attitude of gratitude and helpfulness. This is a good book to start a discussion with your children.

  8. Little Ray Children’s Books

    Christine C. Gill
    5.0 out of 5 stars Travel into Thanksgiving, Goopy style!
    Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2012
    As the Brown family laughs, plays, and prepares for Thanksgiving, little do they know that a Goopy Ghost is about to help them save the day and their home. As waters rise, Goopy helps calm the frightened children and rescue the livestock. The hijinks heighten when the flood waters carry the barn-house to a new spot.

    Invite this book into your home to overcome fears, from thunderstorms to goopy ghosts! While you’re at it, you can explore the meaning of Thanksgiving and friendship. A wonderful, rhyming story for the whole family!

  9. Little Ray Children’s Books

    5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
    Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2012
    The Goopy Ghost at Thanksgiving shows everyone how to face whatever frightens them. The book is also good for helping those with storm fears to overcome them.

  10. Little Ray Children’s Books

    5.0 out of 5 stars Being Thankful
    Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2012
    What a beautiful story! I find it easier to be thankful all year long when I see things through Goopy’s eyes!!

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    Rod Ellis
    5.0 out of 5 stars Goopy rocks. This one rocks a lot!
    Reviewed in the United States on July 18, 2013
    I love Goopy. This is my favorite of his stories. It is set in a vanishing part of our history: the family farm. If the book had no other value whatsoever this would make it a great book for kids. It is an kind introduction to a disappearing way of life. But so many other lessons are included in the lovely poetry and beautiful art within these pages. Compassion, friendship, and loyalty are clearly modeled for a world where they are also, sadly, vanishing. A great read with lots of lessons for children and adults alike. I recommend it highly!

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    Michael T
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Goopy Ghost at Thanksgiving, ROCKS
    Reviewed in the United States on July 23, 2013
    Thank you V. R. Duin for another great edition of The Goopy Ghost. Your work is cherished, as are you.

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    Willow Rose
    5.0 out of 5 stars Goopy Ghost Makes New Friends Everywhere!
    Reviewed in the United States on July 27, 2013
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    “The Goopy Ghost at Thanksgiving” by V.R.Duin is one of my favorite books; its message that “Thanks is not bound in any way/ It isn’t tied to a certain day;” is a beautifully written reminder of how much both children and adults have to be grateful for.
    Gratitude is one theme; Goopy’s benevolent character and goofy grin as well as the clever rhymes chase all the spectre’s away (except for Goopy, of course) when fears of what is in the closet or under the bed haunt more sensitive children.
    My grand-daughter. fearless and friendly, accompanied me to the doctor’s office yesterday along with her beloved Goopy Ghost; she is much braver than I am!
    When Evelyn saw a young boy her age with his mom, she was elated! When she tried to share her “Goopy” with the little boy his mother grew alarmed; her child was terrified of ghosts and, if that wasn’t bad enough, the thunderstorm brewing outside was making him a nervous wreck; he was not the only one! His mother told me of a storm that flooded their house; she wanted to talk and soon we were engrossed in a conversation. And we were not the only ones! Two children sat side-by-side with Goopy entertaining both of them; they never noticed the downpour outside!
    All in all, for a Dr. visit, it was a very good day…A little boy found a book he really loved as well as a new friend; and Goopy worked his magic once again as his mom left with the title of the books; a promise for Fan of the Week, the name of the author and is probably reading this now!!
    Cheers, Goopy
    Your fan,

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    Benjamin Columbia
    5.0 out of 5 stars Foundational!
    Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2015
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    My grandchildren love V. R. Duin’s stories and characters. They teach in a special way how to get along and appreciate others and how different and unique we each are.

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    Benjamin Columbia
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wholesome!
    Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2015
    Wholesome family entertainment and family value oriented. Need more authors with such genuine love for our children.

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