Monday, November 8, 2010

Today's Picture Books

This book is soooo cute and kids have been enjoying it over and over again. Of course, it is based on the rhyme "I Know an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly".
The old lady shows up for Thanksgiving and swallows everything, even the big cooking pot.
The kids just laughed and laughed---this will be a book we come back to every November.
Thanksgiving is fast appoaching, so we are learning about the pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving.
This story is one of the series of books by Kate Waters.
This book tells about the life of an indian boy at the time of first Thanksgiving.
The kids are looking forward to listening to Sarah Morton's Day and Samuel Eaton's day.
Both are set during the first Thanksgiving.

"Most days, Mary loves her new home in America. But now it's Thanksgiving time, and her family has little food. Mary begins to wish she could go back to Ireland. Life isn't fair. Even the gift of a pumpkin pie from a kind neighbor doesn't cheer her. So, Father tells Mary a story of how the Pilgrims struggled when they first came to America. The seeds they brought with them wouldn't grow. Native Americans showed the new settlers how to make the soil grow crops. That instruction helped, but the Pilgrims still faced hardships. There were times when they had barely enough food. But five kernels of corn helped the Pilgrims survive and made their faith stronger. Will the legend of the five kernels help grow a new faith in Mary too?" Amazon
I use the "If You Lived" series of books as a jumping up point when we are starting a new unit.
The Civil War is the new unit and the kids are enjoying this book, as they do all the books in this series.

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