Monday Children’s Book Reviews for November 14, 2011

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and food! It is also a time for thinking about what we have to be thankful for, and reach out to and helping others.

Happy Thanksgiving, Curious George  by Cynthia Platt and Julie M. Bartynski

“Today is Thanksgiving and George is so excited! He loves everything about the holiday—from the parade with music, jugglers, and big balloons to the delicious turkey shared with family and friends. But even on Thanksgiving the curious little monkey manages to stir up some trouble!”                     [JPB PLATT]   Board book

The First Thanksgiving: a Lift-the Flap Book by Nancy Davis

“Simple rhyming text and illustrations with flaps to lift show how the pilgrims came to America and how the Native Americans taught them to fish, hunt and plant — and then shared the harvest with a Thanksgiving feast.”           [JPB DAVIS]     Board book

Sometimes It’s Turkey, Sometimes It’s Feathers by Lorna Balian

“Mrs. Gumm finds a turkey egg and raises the turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, but things do not go according to plan. A Thanksgiving classic!

“Originally published in 1973 in three colors, this well-loved book is now back in print with full color added by Lecia Balian.”              [JPB BALIAN]

Thanksgiving Turkey Trouble by Abby Klein

“It’s a Thanksgiving disaster for Freddy Thresher! When his first-grade class begins planning the annual Thanksgiving play, everyone will have a role. Freddy’s friends are all happy to be Pilgrims and Indians, but there is one part that nobody wants to be – the turkey! Freddy hopes he won’t get the part, but – you guessed it – he gets the unlucky role. Now Freddy has to find a way to play the turkey while everyone is laughing at him.”         [J Pbk FREDDY] Ready Freddy! series book #15

How Many Days to America?: A Thanksgiving Story by Eve Bunting

“A family’s seagoing attempt to flee a repressive Caribbean country for America is hampered by ongoing trouble, a lack of food and water, and modern-day pirates.”                             [J BUNTING]

Molly’s Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen

“Told to make a doll like a pilgrim for the Thanksgiving display at school, Molly’s Jewish mother dresses the doll as she herself dressed before leaving Russia to seek religious freedom–much to Molly’s embarrassment.”                 [J COHEN]

The Case of the Gobbling Squash by Elizabeth Levy

“A young detective and her partner, an amateur magician, solve a case involving missing bunnies, a pink sock ghost, and a remote-control squash that gobbles like a Thanksgiving turkey. Includes instructions for performing four magic tricks.”           [J LEVY]

An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott

“Thanksgiving morning is here, and the Bassett family’s cozy kitchen is filled with the hustle and bustle of the holiday. But this year something is different: Tilly, Prue, and their brothers and sisters have been left in charge of everything from the roasted turkey to the apple slump. They tie on their aprons and step into the kitchen, but are they really up for the challenge of cooking a Thanksgiving feast?”                     [J ALCOTT]

Don’t Be Such a Turkey by Nancy Krulik

“During a class field trip to a Pilgrim village recreation, Katie Kazoo finds herself replacing an actor playing a Pilgrim and, later, when her family goes to New York City, she becomes a clown in the Thanksgiving Day parade.”                    [J pbk KATIE]

The Thanksgiving Treasure by Gail Rock

“Having learned about the original Thanksgiving at school, Addie wants to reenact the ideals of gratitude and hospitality in her 1947 present. Trouble is — her proposed guest of honor is a cantankerous old coot who cheated her father over some construction work. The bad blood between them is so thick that it will be impossible to corral both men at the same table.”         [J ROCK]

Who Stole Grandma’s Million Dollar Pumpkin Pie? by Martha Freeman

“When the recipe for his grandmother’s famous pumpkin pie is suddenly missing just before Thanksgiving Day, Alex and his friend Yasmeen try to solve the mystery of its disappearance.”         Chickadee Court Mystery #4                              [J FREEMAN]

Happy Thanksgiving by Abbie Mercer

“Describes how people celebrate Thanksgiving, explains when and why it is celebrated, tells the story of the first Thanksgiving, and provides instructions for creating a pinecone turkey and a pumpkin pie.”                     [J394.2649 MERCER]

Thanksgiving by Ann Heinrichs

“Presents a short history of Thanksgiving examining ancient harvest festivals, the first Thanksgiving in the new world, becoming a national holiday in 1863, and decorations and celebrations.”             [J394.2649 HEINRICHS]

Thanksgiving: The True Story by Penny Coleman

“Examines numerous competing claims for the first Thanksgiving, including the traditional story of the feast shared by the Pilgrims and Native Americans in 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Paints a fascinating picture of the holiday and its changing meanings throughout American history.”       [J394.2649 COLMAN]

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