Timeless Thursdays: Thanksgiving Books, An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott
November 26, 2009 in Alcott Louisa May, Bernardin James, Books With Social Studies Content, Elementary Educators, Making Personal Connections, Personal Connections, Picture Book, Preschool to 1st grade teachers, Reading Skills, Timeless Thursdays Tags: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving, Bernardin James, Louisa May Alcott, Thanksgiving books, Thanksgiving Lessons
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What a beautiful picture book and one of the most delightful Thanksgiving books I’ve seen– An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving–text by Louisa May Alcott and illustrations by James Bernardin! HarperCollins Publishers have taken this classic tale by the author of Little Women, added Bernardin’s beautiful illustrations, and turned this into a picture book that children today can enjoy. Find this Thanksgiving book at the library or buy a copy of your own.
The Bassett family is preparing for Thanksgiving in nineteenth century New England. Mother and Father are called away to take care of Grandmother, and the children are left to prepare the Thanksgiving dinner. How hard can it be? They don’t do too bad of a job–except for accidentally putting catnip and wormwood in the stuffing. This book shows how Thanksgiving dinner was prepared in the past and some of the traditions families had when celebrating together.
This would be a great Thanksgiving book to show students life in the past and to compare and contrast to life in the present–especially focusing on Thanksgiving traditions. Plus, you know what? It’s just a beautiful book to share with your children or your students during this holiday season.