I just realized we have been in the season of Autumn for a month and I haven’t even pulled out our Autumn and Thanksgiving books yet! We have a nice variety of books for preschoolers that I love sharing with my four children each year. Now that my oldest two are 12 years old and 11 years old they can read the books to the younger two boys.
It’s Pumpkin Time– In this exuberant celebration of a Halloween icon, a brother and sister begin early preparations for their favorite holiday-in the garden. Painted paper collages brightly illustrate progress in the pumpkin patch from the children’s seed-planting, watering, and weeding to the pumpkin’s green vining, yellow flowering and orange fruiting. The king of squash can provide a rich introduction to kinder-gardening; and this book-with accurate information contained in a minimal text-yields a bumper crop of entertainment and basic know-how.
Just the Way You Are– Combining the warm narrative of best-selling author Max Lucado and the classic illustrations of award-winning artist Sergio Martinez, Just the Way You Are will entertain young readers as it teaches them a truth that can open their hearts to Christ.That truth—the assurance of God’s delight in them—is a blessing that has eternal impact for all children of the King everywhere.
Llama Llama Gives Thanks– it’s Thanksgiving time for Llama Llama and his family! That means yummy foods and autumn leaves and being thankful for everything from pumpkin pies to blue skies. Thanksgiving may only come once year, but in Llama’s family, giving thanks is always here!
When Autumn Comes– Raking leaves, airing quilts, biting into crisp red apples, starting school, and eating Thanksgiving dinner are a few of the many seasonal activities shown in this photo essay. Maass, a skilled photographer, fills his pictures with autumnal colors, symbols, and the changes in town (what appears to be New England) and countryside. However, the book assumes a “universal truth” tone. Autumn is not the same throughout the world nor even throughout the U. S. Chopping and stacking wood is not a sight familiar to all children; even most adults have never seen chimney sweeps at work. And in this rural autumn, only white people are pictured. The change of seasons is a perennial subject, so there will certainly be demand for this beautiful photo essay.
Pumpkin Pumpkin– Softly colored pencil illustrations in a realistic style effectively communicate Jamie’s pride as a very young gardener. He plants a seed, then grows and harvests a pumpkin from which he saves seeds for next year. The large, detailed drawings capture Jamie’s anticipation and pleasure just right. The garden creatures appearing on every page and grandpa, whom we catch sight of now and then, are a delightful supporting cast. Nonreaders can easily follow the story in pictures alone. Very large, clear print on facing pages makes the simple narrative inviting for beginning readers, too.
A Plump and Perky Turkey– Turkeys around Squawk Valley just don’t jump into pots anymore—they are way too smart for that. So the townspeople hatch a clever plan. They host a turkey-themed arts and crafts fair and lure a vain bird into town by advertising for an artist’s model. Peter the Turkey, proud of his well-stuffed form, takes the bait but doesn’t fall for the trap.
A Very Thankful Prayer -From watching the leaves fall to picking pumpkins from the patch, from sharing a Thanksgiving meal with loved ones to learning how to give—there’s so much to be thankful for! Join these adorable animals as they say a prayer of thanks to God, who gives us every good thing.
The Littlest Pilgrim– A Thanksgiving story celebrating the gift of friendship! Mini is the littlest Pilgrim in her village.Too little to sew.Too little to bake.Too little to fish.
But she’s not too little to make a friend.
Arthur’s Thanksgiving– Arthur has been picked to direct his school’s Thanksgiving play-and cast the roles. But all his friends want to be star, and no one wants to play the Turkey! What will Arthur do?
The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies– Brother and Sister Bear want everything in sight, and they throw tantrums when they don’t get what they want. Wisely Mama and Papa deal with this childhood malady by teaching the cubs about the family budget and the importance of appreciating all that they have already.
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