Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Gobble! Gobble!

It’s the day before Thanksgiving, but I don’t want this holiday to pass by without sharing what we've been reading this month. I borrowed these first two picture books from my daughter:














Pictured on the left:

Give Thanks for Each Day by Steve Metzger
Illustrations by Robert McPhillips

A cuddle-up-together paperback to be thankful for!

In concrete, simple, yet touching ways, Steve Metzger shows young children all the things they can be thankful for.

A hug! A parade!
A bath! A new toy!

But also:

Give thanks for the snowflakes
That fall from above.
For getting together
With people you love.

With a cadence and rhythm that's both soothing and inviting,this book can be shared with little ones at any time of day or night.


And pictured on the right:

Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving
By James Dean and Kimberly Dean

Join Pete in New York Times bestselling artist James Dean's Pete the Cat picture book series as Pete celebrates Thanksgiving in this groovy lift-the-flap book!

Starring in the school Thanksgiving play would make even the coolest cat nervous. But when Pete the Cat gets onstage, he makes learning the story of the first Thanksgiving fun. With thirteen flaps that open to reveal hidden surprises, this book is sure to be a holiday favorite for every Pete the Cat fan.

(Click here for a “groovy” Thanksgiving activity.)


And here are two more great finds:





















Pictured on the left:

Milly and the Macy's Parade by Shana Corey
Illustrations by Brett Helquist

Treat your child to a festive story of how one small person makes a big difference. It's Thanksgiving, and spirited Milly sees that the whole town is in need of some cheer, so she comes up with a way to blend her family's old country traditions with their new American heritage, and thus the Macy's Day Parade is born.

Inspired by the true story behind the first Macy's Parade in 1924. Bright paintings and easy-to-follow text will captivate your child. Milly's story provides a glimpse into immigrant life in America in the 1920s and shows the value of a child's ideas and dreams.


Also pictured:

A Thanksgiving Poem by Maria Child
Illustrated with woodcuts by Christopher Manson

"Recalling a simpler time, this book captures the poem's sense of excitement and celebration. Readers who join the family enroute to Grandfather's house will observe many details about life in the 19th century. . . . Manson's woodcuts, painted in the colors of a snowy evening, lovingly depict the wintry countryside".--"School Library Journal".


My grandson and I read the story and then sang along with this fun video:





And let's not forget about last year's favorites:











  • One is a Feast for Mouse by Judy Cox
  • The Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing
  • One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims by B.G. Hennessy
  • 10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston
  • Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet

Here's the link to that blog post:

http://kimberlylynn1020.blogspot.com/2013/01/holiday-traditions.html


Note: There's a new activity kit for Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet.

http://www.hmhbooks.com/kids/resources/BalloonsOverBroadway_ActivityKit.pdf


And here are the fall activities that I put together for my grandson:



















It's a Turkey Sight Word Matching Game!

(Click here for the link.)

























Where is Pumpkin?

Check out the video:



(This game is a blast for toddlers!)


We made this fun craft too:

http://www.spottedcanary.com/What_I%E2%80%99m_Thankful_For_Preschooler_Oven_Mitt_Book.htm


Here's a snapshot of Ben's oven mitt:








































And speaking of oven mitts...

I'd better get busy mixing up those yummy casseroles.

 Happy Thanksgiving!

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