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We’re getting ready for Thanksgiving and Chanukah, which has been affectionately nicknamed Thanskgivukkah, around our house. Gel clings for both holidays have been purchased and affixed to the mirrors where my daughter brushes her teeth. Isabelle and I have begun talking about what she’s thankful for. We’ll be starting a gratitude poster, which she’ll share at Thanksgiving dinner, today. And, of course, we’re reading about the upcoming holidays. Here are some of our favorite titles right now:
My daughter is OBSESSED with Pete the Cat these days. There’s one Pete the Cat book that will prepare her for Thanksgiving, Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving. Pete the Cat starts in his school’s Thanksgiving play. He is nervous about acting in the play, but he is as cool as ever as he retells the story the first Thanksgiving in a way that is genuinely enjoyable for kids to hear. This is a lift-the-flap book, which keeps Isabelle engaged in a historical lesson that she probably wouldn’t sit for if it didn’t involve Pete the Cat.
Isabelle has been carrying around My First Hanukkah Board Book, which my cousins passed down to her last year. It’s a pretty basic book about the holiday, which is helping her learn about the symbols and the foods we eat. I’m not sure I would’ve picked it out myself, but it’s perfect for teaching her basic things about the holiday.
This week I’ll begin reading Papa’s Latkes by Jane Breskin Zalben. We received this book through the PJ Library. On the surface it’s a book about a family’s latke making contest. However, it’s really about shalom bayit (peace in the house), since the family comes together to do something fun. I’ll talk with Isabelle about things we can do as a family — perhaps playing dreidel together — during Chanukah.
What books are you reading to prepare for the upcoming holidays? Please share your favorite titles when you leave a comment.