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 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.
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 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.