Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Thanksgiving Books Make the Best Thanksgiving Gifts for Kids!

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year. I love everything about it. The crisp fall air, the extended break from work (i.e. my husband is home to help out with the kids), and the delicious food! But alas! I am afraid I will think twice about biting into a delectable piece of turkey this year after reading these tales of turkey woes.

Here are some of my absolute favorite Thanksgiving Books about the birds at the center of our feast and their clever antics to avoid the chopping block...at least until next year! Coupled with an adorable Thanksgiving lollipop, they make wonderful Thanksgiving Gift for Kids!

Thelonius Turkey Lives! by Lynn Rowe Reed

Thelonius is one determined turkey who refuses to follow in the footsteps of the others who previously disappeared on Thanksgiving Day. Watch out because this adorable story of one spunky turkey may just change your mind about digging into a delicious Thanksgiving dinner! But not to worry because a twist at the end will leave readers surprised and relieved for the bird whose personality shines through.

Over the River: A Turkey’s Tale
by Derek Anderson

Over the river and through the woods, a family of turkeys set out for an appropriately meatless Thanksgiving dinner. In the midst of their journey, they must avoid the trap of those out to make THEM the center of the feast. Vibrant artwork and humorous pictures make this a highly entertaining Thanksgiving read.

Ten Fat Turkeys
by Tony Johnston

Little kids learning to count will love this colorful book about ten very silly turkeys. Our feathered friends drop in numbers (think 10 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed) with each daring and utterly preposterous feat. A perfect Thanksgiving read-aloud for toddlers!

Turk and Runt: A Thanksgiving Comedy by Lisa Wheeler

In a turkey’s world, being an over-achiever is a surefire way to land your rump in the roaster. Unfortunately, the only one who can clearly see talented Turk’s future is his little brother Runt, whose predictions are ignored time and again. While Mom and Dad are busy boasting about their eldest son’s accomplishments, the younger one is hard at work trying to save his brother’s life. Kids love this hysterical story about turkeys oblivious of their Thanksgiving Day fate. Gobble, gobble!

A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman

Finally, a gaggle of turkeys that have learned a lesson or two from their predecessors! The witty birds of Squawk Valley have made it difficult for its residents to enjoy a succulent Thanksgiving Day feast. And so, in an effort to catch the most attractive turkey, the people advertise for an “artist’s model” for a local fair. Vanity almost gets the plumpest victim into deep water, but the clever turkey manages to outwit the townsfolk and avoid the chopping block.

Sweet Reading!
Karen Gallagher

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Thanksgiving Gifts for Kids

Thanksgiving is the time of year when we take stock of our lives and appreciate what is most important- our children! You may want to give them a Thanksgiving gift- a token of thanks by which they will remember you for years to come.

We have brainstormed and come up with a list of the best Thanksgiving gift ideas for kids:

A Thanksgiving Gift of Books from The Lollipop Book Club
: Take a few moments to write a special note for a child. Then pick a wonderful Thanksgiving children’s book. We will top it off with a Thanksgiving lollipop and send it off to the child in a bright package. This is truly a Thanksgiving gift for kids that will never be forgotten!

A Day Out on the Town: Cities and towns are wonderful to visit right around Thanksgiving time. There is a spirited energy in the air and decorations for the upcoming holidays adorn the storefronts. Walk through the streets, take your child to lunch, and treat him or her to something special in a small toy or gift shop. The entire experience and your time is the best Thanksgiving gift you can give to a child.

Basket of Turkey Day Crafts: Another great Thanksgiving gift idea is a big basket full of festive crafts. Fill the basket with construction paper, markers, scissors, glue, pompoms, feathers, googly eyes, and crayons. Pick up some inexpensive Thanksgiving craft kits at the craft store and toss those in as well. You will be all set to enjoy some creative time with your child- what a perfect Thanksgiving gift!

A Pre-Thanksgiving Day Dinner: Many households are extremely busy with all of the Thanksgiving dinner preparations that children sometimes miss the whole point of the celebration. By the time you are done cleaning, cooking, baking, setting the table, etc., you are exhausted and the dinner has not even begun. Throw a pile of guests into the mix and things get just plain hectic. So here’s a Thanksgiving gift you can give to your child- a pre-Thanksgiving Day Dinner! Keep it simple- just buy some thick turkey slices from the deli, whip up some mashed potatoes, pick up a frozen veggie, roles, and bakery pie! Voila! There’s your dinner. Sit down with your child and talk about all of the reasons you are thankful.

Sweet Reading!
Karen Gallagher

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