Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Story

Thanksgiving
Wyndham
1963

We have another Thanksgiving holiday book from the olden days. This book is more the familiar story those of us of a certain age remember as the “true” story of Thanksgiving. Of course it reads a bit more sweetly and glosses over some of the rougher experiences of the Pilgrims. Not to mention under playing the role of the local natives in keeping the colonists alive that first winter.

smashed potatoes

Thanksgiving Fiction for the Kids

Smashed Potatoes
and other Thanksgiving Disasters
Murphy
1994

Someone had to remind me that this week is Thanksgiving week. It is one of my favorite holidays since it really requires nothing but some turkey and the Detroit Lions failing to win a football game. Usually we post fiction on a Friday, but since I have a Thanksgiving title, we will be featuring this one before the holiday.

This one is for the middle elementary set. The family is preparing for the holiday when Mom is called away to help a relative who is ill. Mom sets a reservation at a local place since she won’t be there to cook. (Evidently, Dad is too incompetent to cook as well.) Megan decides this isn’t how they should do Thanksgiving dinner and cancels the reservation. She is going to step up and cook. Of course, nothing goes to plan and Megan realizes her dinner is fast becoming a disaster. However, she eventually realizes that Thanksgiving is really about family togetherness.

happy thanksgiving

Turkey Redux

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I thought I would share some Thanksgiving books from years past. You can link to the original post at the title. My personal favorite is the last one because of the truly awful illustrations.

I wish I had something super inspirational to say about the holiday, but I am tapped out on inspiration at the moment. However, I am hopeful.

Currently, my library is rolling back to curbside only, so we only have virtual service right now. I have always liked working the desk on the holiday weekend. I will miss my traditional Thanksgiving weekend library questions and comments.

thanksgiving crafts and cookbook cover

Groovy Pilgrims

Thanksgiving Crafts and Cookbook
Hathaway
1979

Just in case you have no ideas what to do this Thanksgiving holiday, this book is for you. The illustrations are just outrageous. That groovy doe-eyed look on everyone from Pilgrims to the modern people is just….weird. Think of these as a pencil version of a Peter Max wannabe. I think I will stick to my traditions of the Lions losing and marathon Hallmark Channel movies.

Our Thanksgiving Book cover

Give Thanks For Old Craft Books

Our Thanksgiving Book
Moncure
1976

Submitter: Here’s a groovy book about Thanksgiving. Miss Berry is a teacher, and she does groovy activities with her class such as pin the feathers on the turkey. The illustrations have some vintage charm, but are not that interesting. The text is kind of dry. Holiday collections are small, and should be filled with current books (or appropriate and interesting classics) that kids want to read.

Holly: “Vintage charm” is one way of putting it. Or, old, dirty, uninspired, irrelevant, lame… In the age of Pinterest, craft books like this are less useful. Yes, yes, we still buy craft books for children in public and school libraries. We’re not going to stop. In fact, it’s one of the biggest parts of the youth 700s in my library. Kids (and parents and teachers) love ’em! I guarantee they’re more interested in something from this decade than they are in “vintage charm.” That said, if you have the space, create a “vintage” collection or display. How cool would that be? Right? It’s all about context.