Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Reading Corner: Book November as Time to Be Grateful

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Reading Corner: Book November as Time to Be Grateful

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Many great books have been written especially for kids about thankfulness.

Nikki Grimes gives poetry the chance to express gratitude for little, everyday things in our lives in Thanks a Million. Geared toward school-age children, Grimes' 16 poems remind us of the importance of saying, "Thank you," and can spark conversations about gratitude with children.

In Margot Zemach's retelling of It Could Always Be Worse: A Yiddish Folk Tale, a poor farmer doesn't realize how good he has it until things take a turn for the worse. Zemach, who won a Caldecott Honor for her watercolor illustrations, brings laughs to even the youngest listeners.

Although longer, William Steig's Caldecott Medal Winner, The Magic Pebble, is always appropriate when teaching children about gratitude. Sylvester the donkey realizes there is no place he would rather be than with his mom and dad.

Thanksgiving is not just a time to be thankful for our families. It is a time for traditions, too, where some families celebrate the holiday all about the turkey.

One Is a Feast for Mouse: A Thanksgiving Tale by Judy Cox is a hilarious tale of someone whose mouth is bigger than his stomach. At first, mouse is thankful for the one teeny-tiny pea he finds, but as he moves across a table of leftovers left sitting out while everyone naps, he grabs more and more food. Kids will delight as the mouse sways back and forth, balancing mashed potatoes, cranberries, carrots, olives, turkey with gravy, and more piled high on his plate. Will he remember to be thankful for his meal when he encounters - yikes! - the cat?

Not everyone is excited about having turkey for Thanksgiving! In Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano, the last thing Turkey wants is to be eaten. On each page, children will enjoy guessing who Turkey will dress up as next to avoid being caught by the farmer. Turkey is too smart and the farmer's family ends up having a non-traditional meal delivered by - yes, who else? …

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