So, are you up for some Thanksgiving picture books? I decided to shake things up this year with some books that may be new to you.
Do you want to know about the woman who saved Thanksgiving, or perhaps you may be wondering how the tradition of big balloons began at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade? Well, wonder no longer! There is a picture book for all of that.
And of course, being the traditionalist that I am, I have included one book about the poor turkey who finds himself the source of dinner on Thanksgiving day—if I had a nickel for every one of those! But they continue to delight my kids and it just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without seeing how our poor turkey finds his way out of his predicament, with great humor and silliness.
Title: Thank You, Sarah
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Target: Preschool - Grade 2
What this book is about:
You think you know everything about Thanksgiving? Well, do you know about Sarah Hale? Because she is the women who saved Thanksgiving. Not so sure of yourself now, are you? Well, this book profiles Sarah, and when she saw Thanksgiving disappearing, especially with the dawn of Civil War, she fought to preserve it. Did she call out the troops? No! Did she load the cannons? Of course not, she used her secret weapon .... a pen. In this story, Sarah shows us how the power of writing and perseverance can help us accomplish almost anything—even saving Thanksgiving for a nation!
Why I love this book:
Not only is this book inspirational, it is also funny with some over-the-top illustrations by Matt Faulkner. While the story never takes itself too seriously, the message is clear - that one person can make a difference, with nothing mightier than a pen. It is also a nice little history lesson, because it takes Sarah a longggg time to get Thanksgiving declared a national holiday!
Who this book is for:
Great story for kids and for parents who want a different take on the history of Thanksgiving. It can also be used anytime during the year when you are teaching kids about how powerful their written word can be!
Even dainty little ladies can be superheroes!
To see my full selection of Thanksgivning picture books, visit my blog at www.onegreatbook.com