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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Thanksgiving Is...

"Thanksgiving Is..." by Gail Gibbons, 2004

This non-fiction picture book gives the historical background for the holiday and a description of how we celebrate Thanksgiving in the present.

"In many ways, our Thanksgiving celebrations remind us of the Pilgrims' Thanksgiving. There are pumpkins, turkeys, fall leaves, and other symbols gathered together to look like harvesttime. Some homes are decorated. Family and friends come together to share good times. It is a time for loving and sharing."

Preschoolers will like looking at the pictures and probably like hearing the present-day traditions. Kindergartners and elementary age students will appreciate a deeper historical background. It's a great book to add to your holiday collection. Your kids will learn something new year after year.

"Apples and Pumpkins"

"Apples and Pumpkins" by Anne Rockwell

In the fall, a family drives to Comstock Farm to pick their very own apples and pumpkins for the holiday season. They pick apples off of the trees and put them in their baskets. The select their pumpkins from the patch and load everything to go home.

"At home we carve a jack-o'-lantern face on our big, orange pumpkin. We put a candle inside and light it. Now our pumpkin looks scary, and funny, too. On Halloween night we put our pumpkin on the doorstep. My mother gives away lots of our red and shiny apples for trick-or-treat."