Wednesday, November 21, 2012

It’s holiday time. Some of our favorite Thanksgiving books came out of a special holiday box and returned to rotation. I also added a couple of new books from the library. Here are Smarty's favorite reads from this year.
Setting the Turkeys Free
Setting the Turkeys Free by W. Nikola-Lisa and Ken Wilson-Max is not necessarily a Thanksgiving book, but it’s about the turkeys (very artsy turkeys), is fun to read and lends itself very well to creative crafting sessions (which didn’t happen here, but maybe will during a Thanksgiving break). This is one of our yearly favorites.
Our Thanksgiving
We read Our Thanksgiving Book by Jane Belk Moncure last year, and I brought it again this year. It’s very similar in approach to Thanksgiving Day by Anne Rockwell, but longer and better suited to somewhat older children (5+). Again, I was hoping that projects in the book will tickle Smarty's fancy, but no such luck. The book gives a good overview of the first Thanksgiving and links the holiday to our modern traditions.
Pardon that TurkeyPardon That Turkey by Susan Sloat was the best Thanksgiving book we read this year, because we learned a lot of new things from it. I suppose kids learn all those facts in school at some point, but I’ve never heard about Sarah Hale before and about how she fought to have a federal Thanksgiving holiday. The book is well written, but long (several chapters) and more suitable for children 7+ or so. My daughter, however, really enjoyed it, especially the part about presidential pardon for the turkey.


Kelly said...

These all sound like great Thanksgiving books. My younger two would probably enjoy Setting the Turkeys Free! Have a great Thanksgiving.
Kelly at Little Wonders' Days

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I just requested "Setting the Turkeys Free" - it sounds like so much fun - and the type of book my artistic kids would adore!

Happy Thanksgiving!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

T is for Turkey, a True Thanksgiving Story by Tanya Lee Stone is still my favorite, next to I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie. Not only does Stone do a good job telling about the first Thanksgiving, but it's one of the few alphabet books I've seen that uses a real word for X, plus it is a cute story with lively, bright illustrations.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Momand Kiddo said...

We like these ones, too. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

Ticia said...

I keep forgetting to pick up "Setting the Turkeys Free." I wonder if it's still hiding in bookstores to get.