Happy Thanksgiving! We have oh, so much to be thankful for this year, on Thanksgiving and always! At the top of my list this year is the fact that my wonderful mother, who has been a huge supporter of everything I’ve ever done or tried to do, came through surgery on Tuesday with flying colors and is recuperating in the hospital. Most things, even reading, pale in comparison to issues of life and death, and this is one of those times for our family. We’re thankful to God that He has given us more time to be together.
Serious issues the likes of which we’ve been facing for the past few weeks also have a way of making us appreciate the little things in life. One of those little “big” things in the life of my family is books, and especially reading aloud. In fact, I consider it one of our best parenting practices. I’m thankful that we have the opportunity to build a family bond through the experience of sharing books. The trickle down effect has been children who love books and reading and consider a trip to the library or the prospect of new books one of the chiefest of common pleasures.
On that note of gratitude, I have a few things to share today. First, a Thanksgiving book that’s just too much fun to pass up! I’m mostly sharing this one to add it to our big Thanksgiving books list; however, it’s funny enough to share even after Thanksgiving itself is over. It’s the story of Mr. and Mrs. Moose, host and hostess of Thanksgiving dinner for their friends. Mrs. Moose is determined this year to have a turkey this year–but not for dinner, but on the guest list. Mr. Moose is just as determined to fulfill his wife’s wish, and the results–a long chain of verbal misunderstandings–are comical to say the least. The DLM got a big kick out of this one! Score one more for Eve Bunting.
I’ve shared a trio of picture books this month:
- Sharing the Bread by Pat Zietlow Miller--delightful, new, old-fashioned Thanksgiving story-in-rhyme
- The Very First Thanksgiving Day by Rhonda Gowler Greene–If you’re looking for the perfect picture book to introduce Thanksgiving to young preschoolers, look no further.
- Whose Shoe? by Eve Bunting–Can your preschooler resist the ridiculous improbability of a mouse finding a shoe and trying to find its animal owner? Mine can’t. This one gets bonus points for (once again) rhyming delightfully.
The DLM and I have finished one chapter book this month. Escape from Baxters’ Barn by Rebecca Bond was a little more complex than I was prepared for, but we enjoyed it just the same.
My girls and I are about two-thirds of the way through our nighttime read-aloud, Little Women. It has been pure joy for me to share this book that was so formative for me as a teen and young adult. I chose it because we’re studying the Civil War and because it opens with one of the most famous Christmas scenes in all of literature. Both girls had read bits and pieces of it, with Lulu perhaps even finishing it. However, neither girl “liked” it, and I set out to remedy that. I think I have.
Our daytime reading has been focused on the Civil War. First I read Bull Run by Paul Fleischman, a book we mostly enjoyed but that I wouldn’t recommend as a read-aloud. We then moved into Freedom Train by Dorothy Sterling, our current read-aloud. We’re also moving slowly through Civil War! by James I. Robertson mostly as a read-aloud. I hope to share more about these two books in the future.
What’s next? Well, Christmas! In addition to reading things we already own, we have on its way to our house what I think will be a gem, highly recommended by Heidi of Mount Hope Chronicles: Maggie Rose, Her Birthday Christmas by Ruth Sawyer.
Reading aloud has been very rich this month, and for that, among so many other things, I am very thankful.
Please, share your read-alouds in the comments!