This week Smarty 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.
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 – Smarty 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 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. Smarty'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’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.
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 Smarty 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.