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review 2018-02-21 04:50
The Very First Thanksgiving Day by Rhonda Gowler Greene
The Very First Thanksgiving Day - Rhonda Gowler Greene

The Very First Thanksgiving Day by Rhonda Gowler Greene is the perfect blend of educational and intriguing. This picture book has fantastic illustrations that are vibrant and elaborate. The text, on the other hand, tells the story/history of Thanksgiving in a way that is easy to follow and understand for beginning readers.

 

 

This book provides the perfect opportunity to act out the storyline. In a developmentally appropriate way, I feel it would be perfect to ask students to choose a character and retell the story by playing the characters in the book. 

 

Lexile: AD800L
Accelerated Reader Level: 3.9

 
 
 
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text 2018-02-16 21:41
Huggly's Thanksgiving parade - Tedd Arnold
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A nice story about some little monsters who go on an adventure into the human world. Funny illustrations. I loved the weird way the monsters interacted with the humans ("big people guy", "booming people voice").

Silly and fun book. I also enjoyed the little bit about friendship at the end.
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review 2018-02-15 19:01
Feast for Ten by Cathryn Falwell
Feast for 10 - Cathryn Falwell

Feast for Ten by Cathryn Falwell is a good book based on math. I think it does a good job of telling a story and also including math. It is very easy to follow and the illustrations are great. I feel this book would be great as a read aloud. I do however wish the book allowed for more complex thinking for readers so that they could advance their learning.

 

I would read this around thanksgiving to relate the book to the holiday and student's own family feasts. As I am reading this book to my class I would count the corresponding number of items on the page. I would follow this up with math centers or a math activity that supports counting up.

 

Guided Reading Level: E

 
 
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review 2018-01-21 04:23
I Say Thanks for this Book!
Bear Says Thanks - Karma Wilson,Jane Chapman

"Bear Says Thanks", by Karma Wilson, is a sweet story about a lonely bear in his cave. He wants to have his friends over for a feast, but there is one problem. He doesn't have any food! What's a bear to do? His friends start to drop by one by one bringing him treats such as pies, muffins, fish, nuts, and tea. Bear is so thankful, but he starts to feel bad for not having anything to contribute to the feast. His friends assured him it was fine and that all they wanted was to be together. This is a good lesson on friendship and the importance of being together. Some fun activities while reading this story would be to get a picnic blanket or table cloth to lay out on the floor for the students to join you while you read. Another extra would be to have a picnic basket full of some of the treats in the story. For the fish, you could substitute goldfish. Of course you would need to know allergies before serving food. To go along with the story, since it is like a poem, would be for them to make a thankful lapbook. The middle could be an acrostic poem using the word "thankful". They can list other things they are thankful for on the sides of the lapbook.

 

Accelerated Reader Level: 2.3

Lexile: AD540L

Guided Reading Level: L 

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review 2017-12-31 15:13
Southern Holidays
A Christmas Memory, One Christmas, & The Thanksgiving Visitor - Truman Capote

Truman Capote's charming, magical memories of his childhood Christmas and Thanksgiving with his mother's Monroeville, Alabama family -- particularly his much elder and much-beloved cousin Miiss Sook, who thanks to her own child-like nature was mother, grandmother and elder sister to him simultaneously; but, most importantly, the greatest source of warmth, love and compassion of his entire childhood.  In the book's second (individually, last-published) entry the Monroeville experience is contrasted with the one (sadly failed) attempt by Capote's father to make up for years of non-parenting, and seeing all three stories published together, the contrast -- and the boundless warmth of Capote's Monroeville home, and of Miss Sook -- is brought out in an even brighter light, (As an aside, it is easy, too, to recognize the place, and the traits of individual personalities, in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, which was inspired by the same community.)

 

Since this book doesn't merely include two Christmas but also a Thanksgiving memory, for 16 Festive Tasks purposes I'm going to use it as my book for the Thanksgiving holiday book joker.

 

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