Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña. Illustrated by Christian Robinson. CJ’s grandma takes him two places on Sundays: to church and then to the soup kitchen. They ride the bus. CJ wants to know why they have to take the bus…why …
Thankful by Eileen Spinelli. Illustrated by Archie Preston. “The poet is thankful for words that rhyme./The children, for morning story time….The dancer is thankful. She loves the beat/that stirs her heart and hips and feet..” I love this book chock full of happy illustrations that …
Over the River and Through the Woods by Lydia Maria Child, illustrated with woodcuts by Christopher Manson.
I love the incredible woodcut print illustrations in this traditional Thanksgiving song! Did you know it was originally written as a Christmas poem?
For a more in-depth review of this song and the history behind it, go to my post on freedeliciousmusic.org here.
Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco. This is SUCH a beautiful story about a young girl with dyslexia (the author!) who learned to read thanks to the loving dedication of her teacher. I love this book because of the empathy it helps teach for children with a …
Thanksgiving is tomorrow, so we are going to be making pies today. We will need the oven space to roast the turkey on Thursday, and besides, it’s going to be more fun that way. If Eliza will just let us help…
Our favorite pumpkin pie recipe comes from my mom, and it’s simple: it’s the recipe on the back of a Libby’s Pumpkin can–with the spices doubled.
This year, we’re going to try a pear cranberry pie from Cooks Illustrated (or Cooks’ Country?) magazine (we take both, which is what happens when you have a chef in the house–and I’m not the chef!). I am trying to persuade Eliza to let me make my French apple tart instead of the deep-dish or brown bag apple. We’ll see who wins…or if we make both!
Are you leaving town soon to visit family for the holidays? If so, here’s a trip prep list that we tape up on our fridge that allows the whole family to pitch in and help with trip preparations, like we used for our Thanksgiving trip to my sister’s home …
Do you know how Thanksgiving came to be?
I’m not talking pilgrims and indians.
I mean how the holiday (that we have in the United States) came about?
We owe it all to one mother, Sarah Hale, who persevered using the power of the pen through several presidents of the United States to bring us this holiday.
I am grateful. And I’m grateful to get to pass on this great history lesson every time I read this book to a group of children, including my own.
Happy Gratitude month,
P.S. Thank you Laurie Halse Anderson and Matt Faulkner for bringing us this story so delightfully!