From the reading library of the Explorers.
During the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, we read some great books. A librarian at my local library recommended Thanks for Thanksgiving, written by Julie Markes and illustrated by Doris Barrette. It is a winner! Amazing, fun, colorful illustrations and words that relate to children’s lives. “Thanks for Thanksgiving for turkey and pie. Thank you for fall and gold leaves floating by.…Thank you for play dates, for swings and for slides. Thank you for hopscotch and piggyback rides.…Thank you for Daddy and rides on a sled. Thank you for kisses and tucks into bed.…Thanks for the moon and the stars up above, But MOST of all, thanks for the family I love!”
We also read Bone Button Borscht, written by Aubrey Davis and illustrated by Dusan Petricic. It is the classic story of “stone soup.” A poor beggar arrives in a village, removes 5 buttons from his coat, and says, “Oy, if only I had one more button! Because with one more button I could make us a soup. I could make a nice hot borscht.” The hungry villagers become curious and begin to offer items for the soup. Together the beggar and the village folk make a delicious soup, a festive feast and a new bond with each other that lasts for many years. Such a great lesson about the power of community and sharing.
The third book we read was Bear Says Thanks, by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Jane Chapman. Bear wants to invite his friends for a party, but his cupboards are bare. As if reading bear’s mind, each friend arrives with something delicious to eat. Bear feels sad that he doesn’t have food to contribute to the meal. “You have brought yummy treats! You are so nice to share. But me, I have nothing. My cupboards are bare.” His friends remind him that he can share something other than food. “Mouse squeaks, ‘Don’t fret. There’s enough, dear Bear. You don’t need any food, you have stories to share!’ His friends hug him tight. ‘It will be all right!’ And the bear says ‘Thanks!'”