Thankfully Reading Weekend: Leftover Challenge

This has been a weekend of pure deliciousness, but at this point we’re all learning that sometimes you can have enough of a good thing. I mean, who could POSSIBLY consume all of that? It just isn’t humanly possible!

Oh, did you think I was talking turkey? I meant all the books you’ve all been reading for Thankfully Reading Weekend! Let’s face it, when it comes to how many books we think we can read, most of us usually have eyes bigger than our, well, eyes. As the weekend is drawing to a close, it is time to come to terms with the fact that some of the books we so anxiously wanted to be will basically be leftovers.

What are your leftovers today? And, forgive me for stretching this metaphor farther than it should probably go, how will you find ways to consume them in the coming week? Or will they be put in the metaphorical freezer, for you to come back to perhaps months from now, a little frost-bitten but still basically good?

Okay, seriously, I’m stopping now, but you get the drift!

Leave your answer in the comments below, either in the body of the comment, or as a link to a post on your blog. One person who responds today will win a random book grab bag from my shelves.

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My First Thanksgiving – Saturday Story Spotlight

Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my new feature where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our son, Daniel. These are books that he, we, or all of us particularly enjoy, since we are definitely reading more than one book a week! Also, if anyone is interested in helping me make a button for this feature, please let me know.

My First Thanksgiving by Tomie dePaola
Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin

When I was looking at Thanksgiving books for Daniel this year, I went in two directions. One book I bought was a flashy turkey counting book with crinkly turkey feathers, the other was Tomie dePaola’s “My First Thanksgiving.” I’m not going to lie, part of the reason I’m writing about dePaola’s book is because we seem to have lost the crinkly feather book somewhere in Daniel book piles after a couple of readings and I cannot recall the title but, surprisingly, it never really captured his attention like I thought it would.

I originally bought “My First Thanksgiving” on the strength of Tomie dePaola’s name alone. To  be completely honest, I thought that it looked a little boring, especially for someone Daniel’s age. My original intention was that this would be for the future and the flashy Thanksgiving book would be for this year. Surprisingly, though, Daniel actually seemed to enjoy this one, which gives the young child version of both the first Thanksgiving and basic modern American Thanksgiving traditions in a few concise pages, more than the other. I think it had a lot to do both with the laconic yet informative style, and with dePaola’s trademark fabulous illustrations.

dePaola proves that you don’t need to be flashy to create a great children’s book, and I can definitely recommend “My First Thanksgiving.” What are your kids’ favorite Thanksgiving picture books?

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Source: Personal copy
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