I have included a few suggestions of terrific books for kids and the holiday. How about a book and a chat around the dinner table? Grandma and Grandpa would, I know, love to hear about the first Thanksgiving, Squanto, planting corn with a fish and so many other tales of that first Thanksgiving.
Here are a few samples of what is out there for your kids to read!
A Plump and Perky Turkey by Theresa Bateman
Turkeys around Squawk Valley just don't jump into pots anymore -- they are way too smart for that. So the townspeople hatch a clever plan. They host a turkey-themed arts and crafts fair and lure a vain bird into town by advertising for an artist's model. Peter the Turkey, proud of his well-stuffed form, takes the bait but doesn't fall for the trap.
P is for Pilgrim: A Thanksgiving Alphabet by Carol Crane
From the lives of our early settlers, who established the foundations for American freedoms and ideals, to today's celebrations, P is for Pilgrim colorfully examines the history and lore of Thanksgiving. Educators will find the inclusion of the Core Democratic Values of valuable use for the classroom while kids of all ages will enjoy the bright, engaging illustrations and fascinating sidebar text.
‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey
The incomparable Dav Pilkey adapts Clement Moore's classic Christmas poem to tell his wacky Thanksgiving tale. The day before Thanksgiving, eight boys and girls take a field trip to a turkey farm. They have fun playing with eight exuberant turkeys but are shocked to learn that Farmer Mack Nuggett plans to kill all the turkeys for Thanksgiving dinners. So the children decide to smuggle all the turkeys home, and all their Thanksgiving dinners become vegetarian this year. The turkeys' lives are saved!
I want to wish my US readers a marvelous and Happy Thanksgiving. (Our Canadian neighbors celebrated their Thanksgiving on October 10). For you US expats and others who celebrate the holiday around the world as well, I wish the same to you!