Wednesday, November 22, 2006


Happy Thanksgiving!

I am thankful for wonderful authors and brilliant illustrators who add so much excitement and color to my reading life.

I am thankful for my reading family and grateful for parents who always let me read whatever took my fancy.

I am thankful for my freedom to read which comes from living in this great USA.

Some of my favorite Thanksgiving picture books:

The Very First Thanksgiving Day by Rhonda Gowler Greene, illustrated by Susan Gaber, 2002

With a "House that Jack Built" structure, the language and rhyme flow easily making this a terrific read-aloud. Gaber's illustrations are beautiful and carefully researched. I really love this book.

Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey, 1990
What can I say, eight turkeys named Larry, Moe, and Shemp,Wally, Beaver, Groucho, Ollie, and Stanley try to survive Thanksgiving with the help of eight children. Kid readers absolutely get Pilkey's humor even if some grownups do not. Excellent.

Over the River: A Turkey's Tale by Derek Anderson, 2005
"Over the river and through the woods,
To grandmother's house we go;
The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh,
Through the white and drifted snow, O!"

A family of Pilgrim turkeys are on their way to Grandma's house.
Hijinks ensue as the lines from the song are hilariously interpreted . A music teacher at the school I was at last week was thrilled to find this book sitting on a "new books" cart. "We are losing our traditional songs," she told me.


Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Camille!

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to say that I adore Howard Shore's music. He's one of the most talented composers on the planet, along with people like John Williams, John Barry and such :)
: Donna