Monday, November 25, 2013

Fun Facts with THANKSGIVING DAY THANKS from Harper Collins Childrens

Happy Marvelous Middle Grade Monday! 

Looking for a fun, educational way to teach your children about Thanksgiving this week? Check out this fabulous Fun Facts with THANKSGIVING DAY THANKS from Harper Collins Children's via their Facebook page!

Fun Facts Include:
  • In 1621, the first Thanksgiving in America was celebrated between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Native American tribe. The feast was meant to thank the Native Americans for teaching the Pilgrims to grow corn, beans, and squash and to celebrate the harvest.
  • The first Thanksgiving feast was very different from what we eat today. Although wild turkey was probably on the menu, pumpkin pies, cranberry sauce, and sweet potatoes were not. The Pilgrims might have enjoyed succotash (a stew of corn and lima beans) or pemmican (crushed cranberries and deer meat).
  • President Abraham Lincoln called for a national day of thanksgiving in October 1863 during the Civil War, but Congress did not make it an official national holiday until 1941.
  • Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade started in 1924. Children’s book illustrator Tony Sarg created its first hot-air balloon. Snoopy has been in the parade more than any other balloon character.
  • The tradition of playing football games on Thanksgiving started with college championship matches in the 1890s.
  • The idea that Thanksgiving weekend should be the kickoff for the Christmas shopping season was started by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to help shopkeepers during the Depression.
  • One of the largest pumpkin pies ever made weighed 2,020 pounds and had 1,860 eggs and 300 pounds of sugar in it.
  • Minnesota is the top turkey-producing state.
  • A ripe cranberry can bounce.
About the Book:

Laura Malone Elliott and Lynn Munsinger have created another holiday story about the lovable characters from A String of Hearts.
Perfect for a teacher's classroom or a child's home bookshelf, Thanksgiving Day Thanks tells the story of Sam trying to figure out what he's thankful for.Sam also works on a special project to share at the Thanksgiving feast—his own version of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Parents and teachers will find inspiration for other Thanksgiving crafts and projects in this charming and funny storybook. A section at the back includes fun Thanksgiving facts.
Full of creativity, humor, and heart, Thanksgiving Day Thanks celebrates friendship, family, and the many other blessings in our lives for which we give thanks.

Purchase it from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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Don't miss checking out this Thanksgiving Day Thanks book trailer!

I've already got my copy on hold at my local book store! This sounds like a must have book in my home. 

Have a lovely Thanksgiving week! 
I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~