This tale of a little-known historical heroine touts the power of the pen and persistence. The story charts the progress of Sarah Hale, whose relentless letters and 38 years of petitioning presidents, secured Thanksgiving's status as a national holiday. (Lincoln finally makes the day official in 1863) The history is enlightening and the illustrations are witty. A must for the season.
One is a Feast for Mouse
by Judy Cox
Perfect for Thanksgiving, this warm and humorous book reminds us all to give thanks for the little things. The Thanksgiving feast is over. Leftover turkey and pumpkin pie litter the table. Mouse peeps out of his hidey-hole and spots a small green pea. the perfect feast for one. But, like all of us on Thanksgiving Day, the sight of so much delicious food proves to be big a tempation. In the end one IS a feast for Mouse.
"If you go owling you have to be quiet and make your own heat."
by Ruth Brown
"Once upon a time there was dark, dark moor. On the moor there was a dark, dark wood. In the wood there was a dark, dark house". Listeners are kept on the edge of their seats as the journey continues up dark stairways through hidden passages, around sharp corners and behind windblown curtains.
This book has a delightful ending that is not the least bit scary.
THE WIDOWS BROOM
by Chris Van Allsburg
When Minna Shaw comes into possession of a witch's broom, it is as if good fortune itself has dropped from the sky. The broom sweeps on its own and does other chores; it can even pick out simple tunes on the piano.
When the neighbors insist the broom is "wicked" and has to be destroyed the widow makes her own "twist" to this delightful tale. This is a must read for Halloween. Allsburg is a two time Caldecott winner and author and illustrator of THE POLAR EXPRESS.
by Audrey Wood illustrated by Don Wood
In this story, seven sweet children are transformed by an evil witch into specific types of food. They are saved by their clever mother who knows each of her children well. The pictures are beautiful and the story is strong. If you add a "witch voice" the story becomes delightfully dramatic.
THE LITTLE OLD LADY WHO WAS NOT AFRAID OF ANYTHING
by Linda Williams
This one is a "keeper" The kids get to CLOMP, WIGGLE, SHAKE, CLAP, NOD and yell BOO!!!
MRS. MCMURPHY’S PUMPKIN
by Rick Walton
One morning, a few days before Halloween, Mrs. McMurphy wakes up to find a large pumpkin by her front door. "My mouth is here. I speak to you. When my teeth are here, I'll eat you!" it says with a mischievous grin. Unafraid, Mrs. McMurphy politely places the threatening squash outside. But day after day the pumpkin returns to make good on its promise! We will see just who eats who...
FRANK WAS A MONSTER THAT WANTED TO DANCE
by Kieth Graves
Frank was a monster who wanted to dance. So he put on his hat, and his shoes made in France... and opened a jar and put ants in his pants! So begins this monstrously funny, deliciously disgusting, horrifyingly hilarious story of a monster who follows his dream. Keith Graves' wacky illustrations and laugh-out-loud text will tickle the funny bone and leave readers clamoring for an encore.