Wednesday, November 13, 2019

A Thanksgiving Treasury: A Considered Selection of Seasonal Reading

As I'm often prone to do, I've been perusing selections that are free for the taking from The Internet Archives. It's become quite the habit, when someone mentions a book in a post on a blog or social media, for me to instantly open a tab to see if it is available on the archives, and you'd be surprised how often that is the case. Perhaps its because of my preference for vintage selections rather than more modern day texts (though my Kindle attests that I am equally as fond!). But I've been quiet pleased with the number of selections I've been able to find.

With that, I've come across a number of lovely selections appropriate for the season and these darker, days of November leading up to Thanksgiving. Perhaps you'll find a gem here for yourself and the littles in your life, to brighten the coming days!

❈ The First Thanksgiving Day: A Counting Story
by Laura Krauss Melmed
Twelve short poems that combine counting with the first Thanksgiving story.

❈ Thanksgiving
by Ann Heinrichs
An introduction to the history and customs surrounding the American holiday of Thanksgiving.

❈ Thanksgiving 
by Miriam Nerlove
A boy and his mom bake two pumpkin pies and go to Grandma's house for a traditional Thanksgiving celebration.  Includes a brief overview of the first Thanksgiving.

❈ Thanksgiving Treat
by Catherine Stock
There seems to be no place for the smallest child in the family, until Grandpa steps in and they perform a vital task everyone else has forgotten.

❈ Chester Chipmunk's Thanksgiving
by Barbara Williams
Chester Chipmunk can't seem to find anyone to share his Thanksgiving dinner with.
I LOVE woodland animals, so naturally they're going to make the list!

 The Squirrels Thanksgiving
by Steven Kroll
Brother and sister squirrel appreciate each other more, after their naughty cousins come to visit.

❈ Mousekins Thanksgiving
by Edna Miller
Mousekin and his forest friends struggle to survive the winter together with a wild turkey

❈ The Thanksgiving Book
by Frank Jupo
Describes Thanksgiving and harvest festivals from around the world.
One of my favorites, I just love these vintage books!

❈ The Thanksgiving Story
by Alice Dalgliesh
A pilgrim family's struggle to survive in their harsh new homeland culminates in a Thanksgiving feast.

❈ Pilgrim Thanksgiving
by Wilma Pitchford Hays

❈ Merrily Comes Our Harvest In: Poems For Thanksgiving
by Lee Bennett Hopkins

❈ Turkeys, Pilgrims and Indian Corn: The Story of the Thanksgiving Symbols
by Edna Barth and Ursula Arndt

❈ The Topaz Story Book: Stories and Legends for Autumn, Halloween and Thanksgiving

❈ It's Time For Thanksgiving 
(Amazon link/Non-Affiliate)
by Janette Woolsey
Someone posted a picture of this book (not the same cover as the one linked above), on Instagram earlier this week, and I immediately searched the archives. Sadly, it doesn't appear to be available, and the price for a used copy on Amazon is a too steep for my budget. But I wanted to include it because it looks lovely, and the person who posted it said her grown children still recount poems and stories from it years later. I've added it to my list to keep an eye out for. I love anything by Janette Woolsey.

❈ Things to Make and Do For Thanksgiving
by Lorinda Bryan Cauley

❈ The Meaning of Thanksgiving Day: A Seasonal Play
by Carolyn Wells

❈ A Thanksgiving Day Movie: A Picture Show of Puritan Days (A play)
by Ethelle Manning Hermes

 An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving 
by Louisa May Alcott
The activities of seven children in nineteenth-century New England as they prepare for Thanksgiving without mother, who is away caring for grandmother.
You can also listen to the audio version.
This book was also made into a lovely movie, though the storyline is not quite the same, it's still lovely none the less.

❈ Ideals: Thanksgiving Editions
Are you familiar with Ideals publications? My paternal grandmother just loved them and kept a seasonal stack of new and back issues of them on her coffee table. I wasn't sure if they were still publishing new issues, or not and did a quick search and I did find a Facebook page. They appear to be part of another publishing company now, but they are still being produced and the cover of their Christmas issue looks just lovely! But thankfully the archives have made a number of the older volumes available, including these selections;

Ideals Thanksgiving (1982)
Ideals Thanksgiving (1984)
Ideals Thanksgiving (2000)
Ideals Thanksgiving (1994)

❈ The Book of Thanksgiving
by Paul Dickson
History and customs of the holiday, as well as recipes and suggestions for how to celebrate.

❈ Prayers and Graces of Thanksgiving
by Paul Simpson McElroy

❈ Prayer and Thanksgiving: Forms of Family Devotion

❈ We Gather Together: The Story of Thanksgiving
by Ralph and Adelin Linton

And finally, did you know that the Archives has a small selection of back issues of magazines? Here are a few that focus on the season!

Taste of Home Holiday: Thanksgiving (2015)
Taste of Home: The No Fail Feast! (November 2015)
Food Network (November 2015)
Taste of the South: Thanksgiving (November 2015)
Martha Stewart Living: The Great American Holiday (November 2015)
Country Living: Home Comforts - November 2015
All Recipes - (November 2015)
Southern Living: Thanksgiving Feast (November 2015)

And this, not necessarily related to Thanksgiving, but I had to pass on what looks like a lovely little book. I haven't borrowed it yet, because I have too many other books to read at the moment, but you might enjoy it!

❈ The Seasonal Hearth: The Woman At Home In Early America
by Adelle Hechtlinger

And F-I-N-A-L-L-Y, I know this is long, but hopefully so worth it that you've read this for, because I truly believe these resources add so much beauty to the season and time shared with your littles (and even not so littles).

I have a soft spot for animated movies and cartoons. Call me a "kid-at-heart", but I think it beckons back to my childhood days of Saturday morning cartoon, afternoon cartoons on weekdays, and season holiday specials that came on once a year. I'm happy that we have such quick and easy access to these treasures, but in some way they lost a big of the magic when everything became on demand.  Kids these days can watch cartoons and seasonal specials 24 hours a day, everyday, and have more channels devoted to them than I had combined. That being said, I do want to put you on to a few favorites, most of which I discovered when my girls were little, and a few of them even in recent years. I'm only linking to the more season episodes, but if you and your littles love them as much as I do, you can find plenty more!

❈ Guess How Much I Love You
Based on the book by Sam McBratney, this cartoon is one of my favorites!  The beautiful illustrations come to live on the screen, and are just so sweet and lovely!

- Autumn's Here
- Autumn Warmth
- Playing in the Autumn Leaves

❈ Little Bear
Based upon the Little Bear books by Elsa Homeland Minarik, another beautiful children's book, come to life!

- Clever Cricket / Leaves / Big Bad Broom
- The Rain Dance Play / Your Friend, Little Bear / Fall Dream

Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life... a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and harvest, the ripe product of the year — and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God. 

- Ray Stannard Baker

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pam said...

Many of our favorites made it to your list, and we've got a few new ones to check out!

Kimberly Lottman said...

Glad you enjoyed them! :). Feel free to share suggestions for ones not listed, if you have the time!

Julie said...

What a delightful list - thanks for the time you put into gathering it!

Kimberly Lottman said...

Julie - it was a labor of love! Glad you enjoyed it!