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Thankful for Thanksgiving

Happy early Thanksgiving, everyone—or as I like to call it, “eat till you drop day”! I cannot believe that the end of November is approaching, school has been in session for about two months, and 2013 is right around the corner! Time is indeed flying by here at Scholastic, which is why we are so excited for Thanksgiving—and the books that come with it! Thanksgiving means taking time from our usual day to be with family, to be thankful for the things we love in our lives, and to eat copious amounts of home-cooked food!

Thanksgiving is absolutely one of my favorite holidays, and every year I go to my Aunt Laura and Uncle Steve’s house in Bellmore, Long Island—along with my grandparents, cousins, great aunts and uncles, family friends, and everyone else on my dad’s side of the family—to observe this holiday. Every year I arrive the night before with my sister and parents, and it has always been a tradition with my cousin Amanda and me (as cheesy as this will sound) to wake up early and watch the hokey Thanksgiving Day Parade that takes place in NYC. While my sister, dad, Uncle Steve, and cousin Josh run the Turkey Trot (a 5K race), Amanda and I snuggle up on the couch in the den and critique all of the parade’s performances. But we’ve learned by now that once the games begin, the parade goes off and everyone gathers in the den for some good old-fashioned FOOTBALL!

A spread of mouth-watering appetizers (like kielbasa with honey mustard and chips and dips of all kinds) covers the coffee table in the den and starts getting served early at noon. The eating marathon continues until 9 p.m., ending with TWO large turkeys (one year it was three), stuffing, and other traditional Thanksgiving foods with a Miller Family spin. We indulge in amazing dishes, value and enjoy spending time together, and go around at the end of the day and say what we are thankful for. I couldn’t ask for anything more, and I know that when I spend Thanksgiving in Chicago this year with my boyfriend’s family, the atmosphere will be more than similar, with lots of food, family, and love.

After thinking about what Thanksgiving means to me, my favorite Thanksgiving books from our November collection became obvious—Thanksgiving Rules and Corduroy’s Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Rules, written by Laurie Friedman and illustrated by Teresa Murfin, stars Thanksgiving aficionado Percy Isaac Gifford, who describes to his readers the following: how to eat the most, get to the table first, and get your hands on all the foods during Thanksgiving dinner! I am not surprised that his nickname is P.I.G., because he certainly loves to eat more than his tiny physique can handle! My favorite line is definitely “the early birds get the turkey,” because it reminds me of how getting there the night before at my aunt and uncle’s house means getting first dibs on all of the food! But Percy and I both agree that the most important part of Thanksgiving is not the amount of food you eat, but taking time to remember and evaluate what you’re thankful for, and spending quality time with family and loved ones.

Similarly, I am a huge fan of Corduroy’s Thanksgiving, written by Don Freeman and illustrated by Lisa McCue, which includes a favorite character of mine from childhood: the wandering teddy bear who spent an entire book looking for his missing button—Corduroy. This adorable tale features the lovable Corduroy as he takes part in the same festivities that I do during my Thanksgiving: spending the day with good friends and family, eating tons of yummy food, saying what we are thankful for, and also watching football and the parade!

Be sure to check out these relatable holiday books in our November catalogs. You’ll not only be reeled in by the colorful illustrations, but also by the warm hearts of the main characters. When you celebrate Thanksgiving with your family and friends, let these characters help remind you to pause and remember what you’re thankful for in life.

What are you thankful for?

 

Thanksgiving Rules by Laura Friedman, illustrated by Teresa Murfin is featured in Seesaw November.

Corduroy’s Thanksgiving by Don Freeman, illustrated by Lisa McCue is featured in Honeybee November.

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November 20, 2012