Sunday, January 27, 2013

Holiday Traditions

November Book Order!

Every family has some type of holiday tradition but as your children grow up, move away, and get married it becomes more difficult to coordinate. Thanksgiving is the most challenging for me, but I still wanted one special day to celebrate with my grandson. It all pulled together after ordering this adventurous picture book:

A Thanksgiving Tale by Judy Cox
Illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler

This warm and humorous picture book gently reminds us to give thanks for the little things.

Thanksgiving leftovers litter the table. Mouse peeps out of his hidey-hole and spots the perfect feast for one mouse.  Yes, one green pea, one red cranberry, one scoop of mashed potatoes, and one portion of roasted turkey. But can Mouse get this mountainous meal back to his own small table?

One is a Feast for Mouse is not your typical Thanksgiving story about pilgrims and Indians, which I think is an important balance when it comes to holiday books. Children need to learn historical facts about an occasion, but let’s have a bit of fun too!

We planned an entire Thanksgiving unit based on Mouse. I came up with a sequencing activity using clipart and magazine clippings:

Next, we cut out fall leaves to decorate the playroom and my grandson made placemats for everyone in the family. I picked an evening during the week that didn’t compete with anyone’s schedule—and we had a Mouse feast:

(Click on the image to get a closer look.)

And check out the yummy menu:

Teensy-tiny, toothsome green peas
Cranberries, glowing like rubies on a silver saucer
Olives, black and shiny, in a dish
Carrot sticks, crunchy and munchy and orange
Mouse potatoes
Gravy, brown and luscious in the silver gravy boat
One slice of pie, brown and dimpled, with a collar of fluffy cream.
Turkey, brown and juicy, surrounded with parsley.

It was a huge hit! And the best part of all, no one had to rush off because of other engagements. I can’t tell you how much fun we had, but the pictures speak for themselves. We are already making plans for next year. =)

And here are a few more books that we gobbled up during the month of November:

The titles and links are pasted below:

Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet
One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims by B.G. Hennessy
The Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing
10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston


December’s book order will be up next...

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