KidVid: Scholastic Storybook Treasures Celebrates Thanksgiving
Some grandparents (and doting parents) want to give their grandkids (kids) a present every holiday, whether it’s one of the big ones like Christmas or Chanukah or some less significant for the kids, like National Apple Pie Day or Flag Day. Thanksgiving is a significant holiday in the United States, and what better way to celebrate than by giving your kids and grandkids a chocolate turkey? Okay, that’s not such a good way; that’s a totally inappropriate way when one considers the amount of food consumed on Thanksgiving. (However, if anyone wants to send me a Bischoff’s milk chocolate turkey, I won’t refuse it.)
What would be an appropriate Thanksgiving gift for the kids? Since most of Thanksgiving is pretty boring for the younger set, Thanksgiving videos, coloring books, and activity sets are a much better idea than more sweets. Scholastic Storybook Treasures comes to the rescue on November 22, 2011, with the release of Giving Thanks…and more stories to celebrate American heritage.
There are four stories on Giving Thanks…: the title story, “Hiawatha,” “The Pilgrims of Plimoth,” and “Lincoln & Douglass: An American Friendship.” All four stories support the importance of appreciation for the things we have, history, and friendship, and include the optional read-along feature.
“Giving Thanks” was written and narrated by Chief Jake Swamp, illustrated by Erwin Printup, Jr., and popularly known as “The Thanksgiving Address.” In it we learn the Native American belief that the natural world and everything in it is a precious gift for which we must give thanks, and reminds us of the wonders that surround us from the grand stars and moon to the tiny blades of grass.
“Hiawatha,” an excerpt from the epic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (“On the shores of Gitche Gumee, Of the shining Big-Sea-Water, Stood Nokomis, the old woman, Pointing with her finger westward, O'er the water pointing westward, To the purple clouds of sunset…”) is illustrated by Susan Jeffers. Authentic Native American music enhances this lyrical story.Continued on the next page