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Story Time: Uncle Rocky, Fireman-Face Mask

Story Time: Uncle Rocky, Fireman-Face Mask includes fireman activities for kids, printables, a unit about visual impairment and more

You know that good feeling you get when you’re just standing around at work with a group of people swapping stories?  Everybody is so interesting.

Well, Uncle Rocky-Face Mask is a story about that feeling.  A bunch of heroic firemen hanging out at the station talking about the cool things they’ve done in their careers?  I’m in.

James Burd Brewster wins again with another incredible Glad to Do It! book.  In this one, Uncle Rocky is hanging out with his co-workers and the chief tells them a story about the time he saved a blind man from a burning building.  The story celebrates not only firefighters but the abilities of visually impaired people.  It might well be my favorite.

As always, Brewster includes true facts about being an everyday hero, from the steps the chief takes to head out to the emergency to the face mask he shares with the blind man.  Littles who love all things fireman will learn so much from this endearing tale.

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Story Time: Turk and Runt

Story Time: Turk and Runt activities include free printables, crafts, and more to enjoy with the Thanksgiving picture book by Lisa Wheeler

Turk and Runt by Lisa Wheeler may well be the cutest Thanksgiving book ever.  Turk is the best of the litter, destined for greatness, while Runt is continually ignored.  The problem?  Runt is the smart one.  And he seems to be the only turkey on the farm who knows why people keep coming to admire Turk as Thanksgiving approaches. Mom and Dad think Turk is up for a football team or lead in a ballet (Swan Lake–hahaha).  So while people are visiting the farm, Turk is showing off and trying to get chosen.  If only they would all listen to Runt!

Your littles will have a blast finding out if Turk ever catches on to the danger he’s in.  And I belly laughed at this book, so you’ll have fun, too.
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Story Time: ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

Story Time: Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving activities include history, language, science, crafts and more for the Dav Pilkey picture book

There are lots and lots of really great books about Thanksgiving out there, but one of my favorites is ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey.

One of the reasons I love this book is because it’s based on the classic Christmas poem by Clement Clarke Moore, and it has always been part of our Christmas tradition to read that poem on Christmas Eve.  Pilkey has given us a Thanksgiving tradition with this adorable story about a group of school kids who take the bus on a field trip to a turkey farm and end up saving the day and discombobulating Farmer Mack Nuggett in a big way.  It’s cutesy, yeah, but it’s also fun and if your household is vegetarian or vegan, a great way to celebrate that lifestyle while still being grateful for Thanksgiving.

There are so many activity options that can go with this book, but I’ll keep it to a few really good ones.
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Story Time: Trick or Treat Smell My Feet

Trick or Treat Smell My Feet activities for kids to do along with the picture book by Diane deGroat

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I love Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet by Diane de Groat because it teaches lessons, sure,  but mostly I love how autumn-y it is. The background of each page is even shades of yellow and orange.  It pushes my happy buttons, I ain’t gonna lie.

Halloween, as you know, is my favorite-ist holiday.  Mostly because it happens in autumn, and the decorations are all those wonderful tones of red, orange, and yellow that get my blood pumping, but also because of costumes and treats and ghost stories.
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