Feature Story: A Bounty of Books for Thanksgiving
a bounty of books for by Afton Nelson
all is the perfect time to cuddle up with the kids in your life and read books. With Thanksgiving right around the corner why not choose a holiday themed book and open up a discussion about being thankful, spending time with friends and family, working together and finding common ground with those in our communities? Here are a few selections for all ages, and all available at Fort Vancouver Regional Library branches.
Ages 4-8 This is the Turkey by Abby Levine Illustrated by Paige Billin-Frye Written in clever rhyme, the story follows Max as he and his family prepare for a Thanksgiving feast. The rhythm is reminiscent of the poem, “This is the House That Jack Built,” and is fun to read aloud. The illustrations add to both the warmth and humor of the story as Max learns that the most important part of Thanksgiving is not the perfect turkey, but being with friends and family. ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey In this silly parody of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, eight school children visit a turkey farm for a school field trip. All is fun and games until the kids see Farmer McNugget with an ax, and understand that the turkeys are not beloved pets, but tomorrow’s Thanksgiving dinner. The children act quickly to save the turkeys from their fate and each end up having turkey guests for
dinner the next day. The illustrations are funny and clever and even this mom laughed out loud at the eight suddenly fat school children with feathers hanging out from under their coats. A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting Illustrated by Diane de Groat When Mrs. Moose asks her husband to get her turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, Mr. Moose complies by heading out to find Turkey. Along the way he gathers the guests who will be sharing their feast: Rabbit, Porcupine, Mr. and Mrs. Goat and Sheep. (Hint: they’re all herbivores!) Poor Turkey is terrified to join the group and trek back to the Moose home, but Mr. Moose insists. The misunderstanding is resolved when Turkey finds out he is a guest at the table, not the main dish on it.
Ages 9-11 Thanksgiving on Thursday by Mary Pope Osborne Jack and Annie and their magic treehouse are back for another adventure, this time, traveling back to 1621 and the first Thanksgiving. They meet Miles Standish, Pricilla and Squanto and learn about working together towards a common goal.
Vancouver Family Magazine • www.vancouverfamilymagazine.com • November 2010
The First Thanksgiving by Jean Craighead George Illustrated by Thomas Locker Beautiful illustrations and plenty of text tell the traditional Pilgrim and Indian Thanksgiving story from the glacial melt that formed Cape Cod and deposited a huge granite boulder on the coast to the feast of the bountiful harvest. Focusing mostly on the vast amount of help provided by Squanto to the settlers, this story emphasizes the importance of being thankful for those who help us. Thanksgiving in the White House by Gary Hines Illustrated by Alexandra Wallner The fictionalized account of a true story tells how Tad Lincoln, son of President Abraham Lincoln saved Jack the turkey with a Presidential Pardon on the first Thanksgiving. The folk art style illustrations add charm to this story and the special notes at the end of the book separate fact from fiction, as well as provide details about the Civil War that might be more interesting to parents than children. continued on next page
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