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Thanks for Thanksgiving PDF Print E-mail

What You Need to Know:
Thanks for Thanksgiving shares a range of sweet and lovely messages of gratitude.
• The last page is designated for readers to write down their own list of thankful thoughts.
• Colorful illustrations fill the pages.
• The valuable theme, engaging illustrations and rhyming language make this book an excellent classroom read aloud.
• Follow this link to see an example of a lesson plan that uses Thanks for Thanksgiving.
Sweet Book Summary:
What are you thankful for today? That is a question we should probably ask our kids every day, but sometimes it is a holiday like Thanksgiving that reminds us of its importance. This picture book will help get the conversation started. Each two-page spread uses just a few words to relay an appreciative thought which is further emphasized by a background of colorful illustrations. The ideas don't seem to come from one specific person in the story, so when it says things like, "Thanks for Thanksgiving, for turkey and pie." it really feels like it is the reader who is giving thanks. And whether it is being thankful for school, music, sleigh rides, or family, readers will relate to every suggestion.

Many Thanksgiving picture books are tied to a television show or a specific character, whereas this one simply focuses on the message of gratitude. The detailed illustrations feature happy, memorable moments and characters whose faces are filled with joy. They will remind readers of the little things that make every day special. I know this book has "Thanksgiving" in the title, but I think it can be read all year long!
Author: Julie Markes Illustrator: Doris Barrette Published: 2008, 32 pages
Themes: Excellent Read Aloud, Character/Values, Family Life, Holidays, Rhyming Language
Sweet Discussion Questions:
• What are you thankful for today?
• What do you like best about Thanksgiving?
• Do you have a special tradition that you follow every year to celebrate the holiday?
• Why is it good to share your thankful thoughts with friends and family?
• Did this story give you any new ideas of things to be grateful for?
If You Liked This Book, Try:
Turkey Trouble, Wendi Silvano
All Kinds of Families, Mary Ann Hoberman
All the World, Liz Garton Scanlon
This recommendation was written by: Melissa G.
Support Independent Book Shops: Click Here to Buy this Book on IndieBound

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