* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room.
Today’s great book: Cranberry Easter by Wende and Harry Devlin (1990, Aladdin Books)
The Authors’ FUN Website: http://www.harryandwendedevlin.com/
Time to Read: we read it just before bed
Summary: from the website…”Mr. Whiskers realizes something must be done, but what? Just when things look their worst, his young friend Maggie comes up with a plan that may save the egg hunt, and convince Seth that Cranberryport is the place for him after all!”
Best Quote from the Book: “Suffering codfish, Seth, these old folks are all alone. Somebody’s got to help. They need you!”
Our View: I am especially fascinated right now by what I like to call “kind-hearted books.” If there were ever a book that had kind-hearted characters in it, this would be the one – actually, the entire Cranberry series introduces us to a wonderful group of people. There is something special and rare about a children’s book that does not speak down to children and does not create only child characters, but instead offers a story that brings generations together and instills a respect and wonder for those around us. The illustrations are colorful and interesting and will easily capture the attention of children of all ages. From a sense of community to a sense of humor, Cranberry Easter weaves a tale of family and friends that will strike a familiar and hopeful chord with its readers.
Recipe Alert: This series also includes a great cranberry recipe in the back of each book!
Our 14-year old and her friend Britni were talking in the backseat of our car the other night. We were on our way to eat pizza and the conversation between them was lively and loud and funny, especially after it turned to the subject of “inconsiderate beasts.”
You read that right…inconsiderate beasts. What a phrase! I loved it from the moment Britni told us its meaning. She said that anytime she encounters a particularly rude person she thinks of them as “inconsiderate beasts.”
When she said those words together it immediately struck me as interesting and one of the best phrases I’ve heard that describes, well, inconsiderate beasts…these people with whom we work and play that have no consideration for anyone but themselves.
It reminds me of how important it is to make our home a “No Inconsiderate Beasts Allowed” kind of home. Everything we say and do has consequences among the people who live under our roof.
Where there is grace and patience and kindness and care and help and a humble respect, there are no inconsiderate beasts.
It is a place where home can be a refuge.
It is a place where home can be a home.
It is a place where there are no “inconsiderate beasts.”
* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room, and give you a unique “recipe for fun” this week over on our Book Cook page…
Today’s great book: A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting with illustrations by Diane de Groat (1991, Scholastic Inc.)
Time to Read: short and sweet with great friends and lots of kindness and humor and even a bit of mistaken identity; great for bedtime or anytime
Summary: from the back of the book…”Everyone has turkey for Thanksgiving, and Mrs. Moose wants one too. So, Mr. Moose and his friends set out to find a turkey for dinner, but Mr. Turkey has other ideas.”
Best Quote: “It’s even nicer to be AT your table and not ON it…Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.”
Our View: The last pages of this book are such a nice surprise to a person reading it for the first time, so we won’t give away the plot other than in that best quote above. This is among the most creative of the Thanksgiving books in our collection. We have quite a few, but this one remains special and is a grand reminder of that favorite part of this holiday season – gathering with family and friends and making the most of that time together. Friends are everywhere in this book and working together and laughing together and sharing a meal together are the centerpiece of this grand Thanksgiving table. As a student teacher, I read this book to my second-graders and they enjoyed it so much they decided to create a reader’s theater-style play from it. We had sound effects people and actors and costume designers and props and one illustrator, Daniel, a little boy who found his talent as he was drawing all of the wonderful backdrops that the children would end up using to tell their story. It was such a success that they ended up making tickets and posters for the entire elementary school, who came in shifts with friends and family and administrators to see the wonderful performance. That is the power of a little book! Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours.
Remember to visit our Book Cook page for the recipe – “Turkey’s TrailMix” – created by the kids to accompany this particular book.