Thanksgiving

Gracias The Thanksgiving Turkey By Joy Cowley

 

 

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When Papa sends a turkey to be fattened up for Thanksgiving, Miguel takes a liking to the friendly bird. Soon, Miguel and Gracias are going everywhere together. But Gracias isn’t a pet-he’s supposed to be a meal! With a little help from Abuelito, Abuelita, and Tia Rosa will Miguel be able to keep Gracias off the Thanksgiving table?
This heartwarming tale will inspire readers to give thanks for family, community, and friendship!
My Review: This is the perfect diverse Thanksgiving read aloud. It focuses on one young boys adventures as he falls in love with the turkey that is supposed to be his meal. The story focuses on the importance of family during the holidays. Miguel lives in a multigenerational household. Every member of his family, pitches in to save the turkey who has become a pet to them all. I love how this book involves not only a family, but an entire community. The illustrations are colorful and show the culture and tradition of Miguel’s neighborhood. The end of the story will make readers smile. I love the glossary in the back of the book that defines what each Spanish word means. Great story to use as a read aloud during the holiday season.
Ages 5 and up
32 pages

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Thanksgiving

Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano

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Back of Book:
Turkey is in trouble. Bad trouble. The kind of trouble where it’s almost Thanksgiving . . . and you’re the main
course. But Turkey has an idea–what if he doesn’t look like a turkey? What if he looks like another animal instead?
After many hilarious attempts, Turkey comes up with the perfect disguise to make this Thanksgiving the best ever!

My Review:
This is the kind of read-aloud that will make children laugh out loud! Readers will love the following turkey as he tries to look like every other animal so he won’t be eaten. Sadly, nothing he tries is working. I love this book for many reasons. It is the perfect book to read before introducing a writing assignment. One of the fun things to do with this story is to let the students try to disguise the turkey as a different animal. This story is always at the top of my read-aloud list for Thsnsgiving. The illustrations in this book are fun watercolors that bring the turkeys plight to life. I was very excited when I saw this in the Scholastic catalog. I highly recommended it to all my parents.

Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Rules By Laurie Friedman

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Back of Book: Percy Isaac Gifford’s Official Thanksgiving Decree: I officially command you to eat EVERYTHING you see! Percy knows just what to do to get the most out of this delicious holiday. And so will you if you follow his ten simple rules. From “the early bird gets the turkey” to “life is sweeter when you eat sweets,” his rules will help you eat your way through the big meal. But is there more to Thanksgiving than stuffed turkey and sweet potatoes with marshmallows? See how Percy discovers the true recipe for a perfect Thanksgiving holiday.
My Review:
I completely fell in love with this story. Isaac is a boy who is so excited to eat his Thanksgiving meal. I love that the story begins with telling readers that it is important to take pictures for mom and help dad around the house. I also loved that in the story, Isaac says hello to every visitor, and shakes hands with every person. Then it is off to the main event! The meal!
Readers will love the rhyming text that describes all the delicious food that Isacc is preparing to eat. The illustrations are fun and show readers diagrams of each part of the plan. This is a great read-aloud for the Thanksgiving Season.

Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Thanksgiving

The Great Thanksgiving Escape by Mark Fearing

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Back of Book: It’s another Thanksgiving at Grandma’s. Gavin expects a long day of boredom and being pestered by distantly related toddlers, but his cousin Rhonda has a different idea: make a break for it — out of the kids’ room to the swing set in the backyard! Gavin isn’t so sure, especially when they encounter vicious guard dogs (in homemade sweaters), a hallway full of overly affectionate aunts, and worse yet, the great wall of butts! Will they manage to avoid the obstacles and find some fun before turkey time? Or will they be captured before they’ve had a taste of freedom?

My Review:
I love leading my class books about Thanksgiving. When I stumbled upon this story from Scholastic, I knew that I had to add it to my collection. Almost every child can relate to having too many relatives who all want to hug them and ask how they are. I love how each part of the story talks about a different type of relative. (my favorite is the bit about teenagers) The illustrations are unique and make Mark Fearing’s story come to life. My students enjoyed the story and laughed at the surprise ending. This makes for a great read aloud in the classroom, or at home.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Thanksgiving

Duck for Turkey Day By Jacqueline Jules

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No Turkey for Thanksgiving

Back of Book:
When Tuyet finds out her Vietnamese family is having duck rather than turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, she is upset until she finds out that other children in her class did not eat turkey either.

My Review:
This is the only diverse children’s book that I have in my Thanksgiving read-aloud collection. I applaud Jacqueline for writing a story about the differences in Thanksgiving meals. Tuyet feels left out in school because her family is Vietnamese and instead of Turkey, they eat duck at Thanksgiving. The story tells readers about Tuyet’s Thanksgiving Day and how it isn’t different than everyone else’s Day. At the end of the story, all the students share the different foods that they ate at Thanksgiving. The illustrations are lovely and soft. I loved that the author shows readers that Thanksgiving is about family, and not about what you eat. This is a great story to add to any diverse book collection.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Thanksgiving

The Very Stuffed Turkey by Katharine Kenah

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Back of book: A Thanksgiving story featuring a large turkey with a big problem. He’s been invited to EVERYONE’S home for dinner! With five homes to visit — Horse’s, Pig’s, Sheep and Goat’s, Cow’s, and Mouse’s –Turkey knows there’ll be a ton of food to eat. But there’ll also be friends and their families who can’t wait to celebrate the holiday with Turkey! Can this very plump bird make it through every meal without bursting?

My Review: When I got this book I was looking for a fun Thanksgiving book to share with my Kindergarten class. I could tell they had heard enough about Pilgrims and Indians. I found this book and feel in love with the story. Each animal that the turkey visits has a different and fun meal that the turkey cannot say no too. At the end of the book the turkey finds a solution to being so stuffed!

Ages 5 and up

32 pages