Saturday, November 19, 2011

This week Anna continued to read picture books following Picture Book Month themes, but I was traveling on business, so I didn’t read them with her. Instead I will share our favorite Thanksgiving books of this year.

Thanksgiving Day

We really like Anne Rockwell holiday series, and Thanksgiving Day is one of my personal favorites. It’s the third and probably last year we are reading it – Anna is getting a bit old for it, but it’s an excellent book for 4-5 year olds, which describes Thanksgiving celebrations through a school play. The level of detail is not overwhelming for a young child and there is no mention of death like in some other books we read.

The Can Do Thanksgiving

The Can-Do Thankgiving Marion Hess Pomeranc is a new book we read this year. It’s the first Thanksgiving book that is focusing on sharing food with people who are less fortunate. Anna’s school doesn’t have a food drive for Thanksgiving, and she was a bit disappointed about that. Perhaps this is something we might want to organize next year. It would be also interesting to actually see where this food goes and help out in the soup kitchen.

Friendship First Thanksgiving

Friendship’s First Thanksgiving by William Accorsi belongs to our home library. It’s a story of the first Thanksgiving told by a dog who came with the Pilgrims. The illustrations are not “mine”, but the story appears to be historically correct and provides a lot of details about the first year in New England.

Cranberry Thanksgiving

We read Cranberry Thanksgiving by Harry Devlin for the first time this year, and I understand why I saw so many people raving about this book! There was just enough suspense to keep Anna jumping all over the room in anticipation of what will happen next, and the story is mostly focusing around food and friendship – some of her favorite themes. I think some cranberry bread will be coming our way this weekend.

13 comments:

Sarah said...

We've been reading Franklin's Thanksgiving, Mousekin's Thanksgiving and the Thanksgiving Beast Feast.

MaryAnne said...

Have you read The Firefighters' Thanksgiving? It's a favorite in our house.

I've only read the first of these books. We'll have to look for the rest.

LitLass said...

We haven't read any Thanksgiving books yet this year; we'll have to see if Cranberry Thanksgiving is at the library.Thanks!

Ticia said...

I really need to see if the Cranberry books are at my library.....

Debbie said...

Yet once again I was not able to get my hands on any Thanksgiving books. I am beginning to think they give the school teachers first bid on the reserving of the books. All these books sound great.

Christy said...

Our school has a food drive, and once a month, we make a donation to a local food drive, so I would love to see if we can get that book from the library! I'll have to check.

We have read and enjoyed all the other books. We love the cranberry bread recipe, but we double the cranberries and leave out the raisins.

Julie said...

We haven't read any Thanksgiving books this year. We're heading to the library tomorrow and I really hope something will be on the shelves still. I'll take this list just in case one of them is there. I'm guessing we may be too late though!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I started to make a list of the Thanksgiving books we read this week, but there were so many, with the children reading independently, that it seemed like too long a list to post. I think my favorite of the season has been "T is for Turkey" though.

kewkew said...

We will be reading our Thanksgiving books this week. Cranberry Thanksgiving is the book we are doing for FIAR and I have a few more. Looks like you had some great selections.

Mom and Kiddo said...

Honestly, we haven't read any Thanksgiving books except for Balloons over Broadway, which isn't really about Thanksgiving anyway. Kiddo read Rivka's 1st Thanksgiving. I like the sound of Can-DO Thanksgiving, though.

And yesterday morning I was working on a book post but the internet kept going off and on, so it will have to wait until next week.

Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree said...

Thanks for all the Thanksgiving book ideas! We need to get some. T-day always gets overlooked for everything!

Brimful Curiosities said...

We haven't read any of the titles you mentioned. My daughter read the Magic Tree house Thanksgiving on Thursday and the picture book The Very First Thanksgiving Day. In her school book club we compared and contrasted the The Thanksgiving the Jacks Built and The Thanksgiving the Other Jacks Built printable leveled books from readinga-z.com (http://www.readinga-z.com/book.php?id=960)

Jackie H. said...

Great choices. This year I learned don't wait until the week before Thanksgiving to reserve titles from the library. There were slim pickings for us. I wonder if I could go ahead and reserve these for next year??