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.
My friends, James Burd Brewster has done it again. Uncle Rocky – Fast Action is a fun and interesting story that not only educates your littles about different aircraft (and what little isn’t fascinated by planes?), it also explains the Heimlich Maneuver and even includes detailed instructions for performing the maneuver at the end.
I know I’ve said it before, but I can’t recommend the Glad to Do It! series by Mr. Brewster enough. With each book, the author teaches practical facts while telling an interesting story about an everyday hero. In this one, Rocky’s nephews are once more featured as stars of the show. They even get to say the catch phrase, “Glad to do it!” at the end.
It doesn’t get any better than that.