Thanksgiving at Grandma’s by Nancy W. Olson; Illustrations by Michael F. Marino
January 14, 2013 in Elementary Educators, Making Personal Connections, Olson Nancy, Personal Connections, Preschool to 1st grade teachers, Reading Skills, Shared Writing, six traits of writing, Writing Skills Tags: holiday picture books, problem solving, shared writing activities, Thanksgiving books, Thanksgiving Lessons
*Picture book for preschoolers through second graders
*Young boy as main character
*Rating: Thanksgiving at Grandma’s is a cute story set on Thanksgiving about family, food, and fun! It’s a great introduction to the holiday, filled with lessons for children, but they won’t realize it . Michael F. Marino’s illustrations are perfect for the story. My two-year-old daughter LOVES the cover.
Short, short, summary:Christopher and his mom are getting ready to go to Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving dinner, and of course, he can’t find his shoes. Once he does, he is on the way with Ted E., and is excited to get to Grandma’s and see all his family. But when he is there, he is hungry, and he makes his way into the kitchen several times to smell the different foods and ask when they are going to eat. The cool thing about this is that he asks in rhyme, such as, “Yum, Yum, Grandma, please pass the rolls. I’m so hungry I could eat these bowls.” Then Grandma answers him back, “Don’t you worry little one. I’ll make sure you get some.” After many more of these encounters, it is finally time to eat. Once the family eats and everyone is ready to go, guess what? Christopher has a slight problem with his shoes again. . .
So, what do I do with this book?
1. This book can be used as an introduction to family customs and traditions at Thanksgiving. Read Nancy Olson’s story to the class, and then ask each child to think about what they do on Thanksgiving. After sharing time, each child can draw a picture and write a sentence. Make a class list about different traditions from the ones in the book.
2. The rhymes in this book make it super fun to read out loud to students. See if students can use the rhyming clues and illustrations to guess what Christopher is going to say. They can also start to repeat Grandma’s words, too. You can also ask them which words rhyme and if they could think of any other word that he could say that would also rhyme.
3. The end of the story is fun for kids–I don’t want to give it away completely here, but you can have kids write their own ending to the story or do it as a class story for younger children! Nancy leaves you with a question that you can answer together with kids!