If you ask me what historical periods I am most acquainted with, it would be a toss-up between Victorian England and the Dark Ages. I know things about these time periods that on a daily basis look like just worthless trivia, but they enrich my life and my perceptions in more ways than I can list.
Why do I know so much about those eras? Well, I’ve mentioned before that Charles Dickens is my all-time favorite author. (So, yeah, I’m even up on the French Revolution.) And my dirty little secret is that I seriously own more than 100 books about the Arthurian legends.
Seriously. Yes, I have read them all.
You knew it was coming. Didn’t you?
I love it when Hollywood makes a film based on a favorite book and almost gets it right, or at least gets the message right. It doesn’t happen often, but it would be hard to base a film on R.J. Palacio’s Wonder without it turning out… well, wonderful.
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.
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.