Erik’s Thanksgiving Picks!
Thanksgiving at the Trolls (Photo credit: martha_chapa95)
It’s that time of year again – pumpkin pie, turkey, sweet potato casserole, my grandmom’s filling… a time to remember what I am truly thankful for. I am thankful for all of you guys so I am having a great Thanksgiving give away! I have a copy of Eileen Spinelli’s “The Perfect Thanksgiving” to give to one lucky person (see my review below)! All you have to do is comment and I will announce the winner on Friday so I can get the winner’s book to them by Thanksgiving!
Giving Thanks: Poems, Prayers, and Praise Songs of Thanksgiving
Edited by Katherine Paterson
Illustrated by Pamela Dalton
56 pages – ages 5+
Published by Chronicle Books on October 15, 2013
Description from the inside jacket:
“Katherine Paterson’s meditations on what it means to be truly grateful – a celebrations of joy at once exuberant and introspective – and Pamela Dalton’s meticulous and exquisite cut-paper illustrations are paired with a collection of more than fifty graces, poems and praise songs harvested from a wide variety of cultures, religions and voices.”
What I thought - The illustrations are gorgeous! They are made from cut paper, and are beautiful! There are some small, colored illustrations, too. Those are pretty, though they are less seen. I like the variety of poems and prayers and praises in the book, and that they are divided up into sections about different things. I like how there are quotes, poems, songs, prayers scattered in the book. They are from all different cultures and times. There is really something for everyone in this book!
About the author and illustrator:
Katherine Paterson is a two-time Newbery Medal winner and a two-time National Book Award winner.
Pamela Dalton is a master of scherenschnitte. No I didn’t sneeze. Scherenschnitte is the art of paper-cutting. I think you will agree about Ms. Dalton’s master status when you look at the illustrations in the book.
Sue Morris of Kid-Lit Reviews did a nice review of this book. You can check it out HERE.
By Pat Zietow Miller
Illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf
40 pages – ages 3 – 7 years
Published by Schwartz & Wade; First Edition edition on August 6, 2013
Editor’s description: “On a trip to the farmers’ market with her parents, Sophie chooses a squash, but instead of letting her mom cook it, she names it Bernice. From then on, Sophie brings Bernice everywhere, despite her parents’ gentle warnings that Bernice will begin to rot. As winter nears, Sophie does start to notice changes…. What’s a girl to do when the squash she loves is in trouble?”
What I thought - This isn’t a “Thanksgiving” book but it is a nice fall time book and I figured a lot of people who read my blog aren’t from the US and this is a great Thanksgiving-y fall-time pick. The illustrations are a nice shade for the book. They drag you into the story because you can see how much Sophie cares for Bernice. See?
The story line is cute, and the ending is just wonderful! I felt bad when Bernice started to get a bit rotten, but it all worked out. I love the message of the book, that you can really love and care for anything and it will grow. My whole family enjoyed this story.
My last pick is a book that was my pick last year. But I love it so much I am picking it again! Plus, I have a copy to give away to one lucky person! Just comment below! And, if you want to make it fun, you can say your favorite Thanksgiving/Fall food!
The Perfect Thanksgiving
By Eileen Spinelli
Illustrated by Joann Adinolfi
32 pages – Ages 4+
Published by Square Fish October 2007
Summary - Abigail Archer’s mother wears pearls and bakes homemade pies. My mother wears blue jeans and her pies are from the store. Abigail’s cousins read books on velvet chairs. My cousins hop atop the furniture while hollering. Abigail’s turkey is plump and golden. My turkey is burnt like toast. Who has the perfect Thanksgiving?
What I thought - I really like this book! It is silly but has such a great message. It doesn’t mater that your Thanksgiving is not like you see in the movies. What matters is the love a family has for each other and THAT makes a Perfect Thanksgiving! The illustrations in the books are really great too, they are bright and colorful. The story is told in a nice rhyme and this is my pick for The Perfect Thanksgiving Book!