Thanksgiving: a time to watch football, watch parades, tell turkey jokes and eat until you pass out under the dining room table. Oh, yeah, it's also supposed to be the time you're thankful for the good things in your life. And hopefully, some of those good things are books. Here are some reads for Turkey Day that are not only thankful but fun."Turkey Bowl" by Phil Bildner; illustrations by C.F. Payne: Ethan is thankful that he is finally old enough to play football in his family's annual "Turkey Bowl." The only problem is his extended family's not going to make it this year due to the snow. Fortunately, Ethan is no turkey, and he'll figure out a way to play and have a great Thanksgiving Day.
"Beauty and the Beaks: A Turkey's Cautionary Tale" by Mary Jane and Herm Auch: One thing Lance is not grateful for is the fact that he is a turkey. He's been invited to the farmer's Thanksgiving dinner but being a turkey, that's hardly good news. Fortunately, Lance's friend Beauty knows just how to disguise him and help him escape a major carving. Hopefully, he won't mind a different type of "dressing." If you like puns, you'll be especially thankful for this title.
"Gracias, The Thanksgiving Turkey" by Joy Cowley; illustrations by Joe Cepeda: Miguel's father sends him a turkey for Thanksgiving Day. Not a frozen one, mind you, but a real, live turkey. Miguel promptly names it "Gracias" and proceeds to become friends with it. But as everyone knows, it's somewhat rude to serve up your friends for the holiday. With a little bit of luck and some help from the community, both Miguel and Gracias will have a great Thanksgiving.
"The Perfect Thanksgiving" by Eileen Spinelli; illustrations by Joann Adinolfi: Abigail Archer's family's Thanksgiving is perfect. However, the narrator's is not. Whereas, Abigail's father neatly carves the turkey, the narrator's father gets gravy all over himself. Abigail's siblings and cousins are quiet during the meal and read books afterward. The narrator's family members chase each other around the house. But both families are the same in one important way, they share their love on this special holiday.
"One Is a Feast for Mouse: A Thanksgiving Tale" by Judy Cox; illustrations by Jeffrey Ebbeler: Among the leftovers at the Thanksgiving table, Mouse finds a single pea. "One will be a feast for me," he thinks. But on his way back to his hole, his eyes grow bigger than his stomach and his hands. He continues to take just a little bit more and a little bit more and a little bit more until ... an act of fate (and the family's cat) reminds him to be thankful for what he originally wanted.
"The Firefighters' Thanksgiving" by Maribeth Boelts; illustrations by Terry Widener: When you have to work all of Thanksgiving Day, when do you find time to make Thanksgiving dinner? The firefighters at Station One have been trying all day to prepare their Thanksgiving feast but alarms keep calling them away. By the end of the day, the turkey is still raw and everything else for the meal is in various states of un-preparedness. However, this is when the thankfulness of others rescues the day.
Certainly, everyone can be thankful to Beaufort County for providing great libraries and great opportunities for learning, for literacy and for personal and professional development for all in our community. And please know that Beaufort County Public Library System is thankful, most of all, for you. We're closed Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving week but you can check out our virtual branch library at www.beaufortcountylibrary.org. We'll open up for regular hours on Saturday -- see you then.
Scott Strawn is the Youth Services manager for the Hilton Head Branch of the Beaufort County Public Library, at 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head.