Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Teaching The Thanksgiving Tradition With The Help of Three Books

It's Thanksgiving Eve.  A day that is generally spent doing hours of prep work for the feast to come tomorrow.  This Thanksgiving is the first in awhile that I'm not hosting.  So instead of spending the day peeling potatoes, I can relax and use a couple of toddler-friendly books to teach the Thanksgiving tradition.

Thanksgiving Day by Mary C. Schuh and Gail Saunders-Smith 

Baby bookworm and I picked this book up from the library.  It's a non-fiction book intended for beginner readers, but since the text is simple - it makes a great way to indroduce the Thanksgiving holiday to a little toddler learner.  What I love about this book is how it's set up like a reference book - with a note to parents, a glossary of terms (hello, new vocabulary for toddlers = score), and a list of other helpful sources.  The photographs are a nice change, too. 

Thanksgiving Day
by Gail Gibbons

A book with the same name as the last, but much more detailed.  This book dives more into the customs and traditions of the holiday, and is like a little history lesson.  It's likely best for the toddler with a great attention span, but the illustrations make it fun and interesting, too. 

T is for Turkey: A True Thanksgiving Story
by Tanya Lee Stone

What a fun way to teach the alpabet AND about the Thanksgiving holiday!  Cute pictures and lots of fun facts, too.  Oh, and it rhymes, which makes this book a slam dunk for toddlers and for learning.

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