Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thanksgiving Story Books for Early Readers

These books are for young independent readers grade levels kindergarten to second.

Silly Tilly’s Thanksgiving Dinner by Lillian Hoban
An I Can Read Book (Level 1)
Silly Tilly is an absentminded but kind hearted mole.   She wants to have her friends over for Thanksgiving dinner, but she forgets where she put the invitations.  When she finds them, she asks her friend Mr. Bunny to give them out.  Before she can find her misplaced recipes, she forgets about making dinner.  Fortunately, the “invitations” that went out were each a favorite recipe she had saved from one of her guests, so on Thanksgiving they show up with that dish to share. 

Amelia Bedelia Talks Turkey by Herman Parish
An I Can Read Book (Level 2)
Amelia Bedelia and Cousin Alcolu stop by the local elementary school to drop off a pumpkin for their Thanksgiving pageant.  When she finds out they are in need of a director for the pageant (the other one is sick), Amelia quickly jumps in to help out.  As a result, there are many hilarious incidents from Amelia’s perpetual literal and narrow understanding of words (which is also a good teaching opportunity for parents and teachers).  Her unique perspective makes a hilarious, one of a kind pageant.  

The Know Nothings Talk Turkey by Michele Sobel Spirn
An I Can Read Book (Level 2)
The foursome read about holiday traditions which results in them planning a parade and serving a turkey dinner.  When the Know Nothings decide to have a Thanksgiving dinner, it is any thing but ordinary.  Children will enjoy this humorous take on the holiday.  It is also a good opportunity to discuss words with multiple meanings since many of the comical escapades and misunderstandings result from a narrow understanding of a word. 

I Am the Turkey by Michele Sobel Spirn
An I Can Read Book (Level 2)
Mark is excited about the Thanksgiving play at school.  He earnestly awaits the announcement of roles.  He hopes to get a good part.  When he is assigned to be the turkey, he is pleased until his older brother ruins it.  Mark makes excuses to avoid being in the play, but his teacher has a positive and encouraging response to each of them.  Finally, he decides to do his part in the production.  When one of the main characters gets stage fright, it is the turkey (Mark) who saves the play! 

The Thanksgiving Beast Feast by Karen Gray Ruelle
Holiday House Readers (Level 2)
Harry and Emily learn from their mother that Thanksgiving is not just about food; it is also about giving thanks.  When they see some neighborhood squirrels, birds, and chipmunks foraging for food, they decide to plan a Thanksgiving feast for them!  Together, they put outside cranberries, peanuts, and other furry friend foods.  After their own holiday meal, Harry and Emily are thrilled to find the animals enjoying their own feast. 

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