“...Let’s eat turkey in a big brown shoe.” Ah, Adam Sandler’s Turkey Song is Thanksgiving for me.
Today I had every intention of simply reposting my favorite Thanksgiving storytime books, only to find that I have never written about them. Well, no matter. I haven’t investigated new Thanksgiving books for a while, so these are old favorites of mine.
Thanksgiving in the White House, by Gary Hines
President Abraham Lincoln’s youngest son, Tad, is very fond of Jack the turkey. He has tamed him and taught him tricks, and the bird follows him all around the White House yard. But Jack was meant to be the main dish of the first official Thanksgiving celebration. Big problem! Can Tad convince his father to spare the turkey?
This Is the Turkey, by Abby Levine
Follow the standard rhyme of “This is the House that Jack Built,” this book describes the activities of a young boy and his extended family as they share Thanksgiving. I particularly like that an African American girl is featured on the book cover, showing a mixed-race family.
’Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving, by Dav Pilkey
Using the format of Clement Moore’s classic Christmas poem, we’re treated to a story about eight boys and girls whose trip to a turkey farm leads to a surprise. The book is blunt at times, but always funny, especially when the kids leave the farm considerably fatter and with feathers sticking out from their coats.