We know that these days leading up to Thanksgiving can be busy, so this week we are doing something a little different. In this issue you will find a round up of our Thanksgiving books, plus additional crafts and recipes that easily apply to the holiday. Whether you are seeking some quiet time with your young reader or looking for ways to keep a houseful of little hands busy, you are sure to find something in this collection to pique the interest of readers both young and old.
Best wishes for a week of eating, reading, and laughter. Happy Thanksgiving from Off the Shelf!
It's Thanksgiving is a collection of 12 funny poems by Jack Prelutsky, and illustrated by Marilyn Hafner, about everything including the gathering of family, the favorite childhood crafts to make, watching the parade, the delicious food, and the history of the day itself. Check out our recipe for Thanksgiving Stuffing Loaf, and make a Stuffed Turkey craft.
Bear Says Thanks
From the popular Bear series by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman, Bear Says Thanks is the perfect Thanksgiving installment that celebrates friendship and sharing one's unique talents. Check out our recipes for Wheat Muffins and Warm Honey Nuts, plus a fun creative movement prompt!
A Turkey for Thanksgiving
By Eve Bunting and illustrated by Diane deGroat, A Turkey for Thanksgiving puts a twist on the usual centerpiece of the Thanksgiving table. Young readers will love this clever story, as well as making Tie-Dye Turkeys and an edible Turkey Puzzle!
- Leave off the monster face and these Monster Mashed Potatoes are the perfect addition to your feast.
- Change the name to Boutiful Cornbread, and Red, White, and Blue Cornbread makes a pilgrim pleasing recipe!
- Keep little hands busy and make your own Homemade Butter just like the pilgrims.
- What's more Thanksgiving than yams? Y is for Yam Butter is perfect with dinner rolls.
- Crackers and dip is a classic appetizer, and Spider Crackers with Sweet Potato Hummus is sneaky way to get some healthy eating into the day (just leave off the spider face and legs).
- Knight and Dragon Kabobs present classic Thanksgiving flavors in a fun-to-eat format.
- Pumpkin Pie Dip Bites- Need we say more?
- Another healthy way to satisfy those before-the-meal munchies: Spiced Squash Seeds
- Try Miss Suzy's Acorn Squash Pudding for a fun Thanksgiving morning breakfast.
- Pumpkin Pie with Cinnamon-Oat Crust - C'mon, it's pumpkin pie!
A collection of activities that embody the spirit of the day: