Thanksgiving is November 24 in the Year of Our Lord 2016 and we have some book suggestions.

What is Thanksgiving?  – a board book that takes the listener to the heart of the holiday

Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving – a picture book about God’s hand in the first Thanksgiving. The whole family will enjoy this one.

Thanksgiving Graces – a picture book about extending ourselves to family, friends and strangers

Molly’s Pilgrim – a first chapter book with illustrations for children in lower elementary grades that may help children consider modern day pilgrims

And Patsy found this one by Louisa May Alcott. — Nancy

An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving, by Louisa May Alcott, with an adapted text by Harper Collins Publishers will get you in the mood for Thanksgiving. It is a short book with beautiful illustrations by James Bernardin. The children who would appreciate this book most would be in the age range of five to twelve. Personally, I think adults will enjoy it very much, as well.

The story starts on Thanksgiving Day at the home of Farmer Bassett, his wife and their six children. They live in the New Hampshire hills, and are poor in money, but rich in love. The crops are in and Mrs. Bassett is making pies in preparation for Thanksgiving Dinner. Tillie and Prue, the oldest daughters are mixing spices and chopping ingredients. The twins Roxy and Rhody are slicing apples, while Seth and Solomon are shelling corn for popping.

Before long the family receives a visitor. Old Mr. Chadwick comes to tell Mrs. Bassett that her mother is very ill. Mother and Father have to leave on a long drive to go and be with Grandma, and they leave their two oldest girls in charge. Father says he will be back after he has dropped Mother off.

After bidding their parents goodbye, the slightly nervous older girls tell their sibling to go out sledding while they continue to prepare the feast. The main elements will be roast turkey, stuffing, pudding and apple slump. Unknown to the girls, they make a few mistakes and add some wrong ingredients. They forget the salt and sugar in the pudding, and accidentally add catnip and wormwood to the stuffing.

By early evening, an entire crowd arrives at their home. Their parents return with aunts, uncles, cousins and even Grandma herself! They found out Mr. Chadwick had made a mistake and Grandma was just fine, after all. The relatives will have dinner with the family and spend the evening visiting.

The dinner is delicious, except for the minor mistakes, and everyone has a wonderful time. Mrs. Bassett praises the girls for their hard work, even though she nearly chokes when she tastes the stuffing! Everyone loves the apple slump. (At the end of the book, you will find the recipe for that.)

This was a fun and uplifting read. It is making me look forward to Thanksgiving already.

Patsy Ledbetter says she has many titles, but her favorite is being mom to her five children. Her two daughters, two sons and one son-in-law are her joy. A teacher with forty years experience Patsy has taught children of all ages and also special needs children and adults. She writes occasionally for a local newspaper and performs in church theater productions on a regular basis. Her husband is the church choir and orchestra director. They have been married for 32 years. She says, “It is my desire to bring honor and glory to my Lord Jesus in every area where He has allowed me to minister.”

Nancy Ellen Hird is a mom, a writer and a credentialed teacher. (She taught seventh grade and preschool.)  Her latest work for children is We All Get a Clue, a mystery novel for girls 10-13. For several years she was a freelance reviewer of children’s and teen’s literature for the Focus on the Family website.