Families, Fun and FOOD!

It’s almost Thanksgiving and that means it’s time for families, fun and . . . food! Here are a few books to get your taste buds ready while you’re waiting for that turkey to finish cooking. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Everyone Loves Bacon by Kelly DiPucchio
Egg loves Bacon. Lettuce loves Bacon. Waffle loves Bacon. Bacon is sizzling with popularity. And pretty much everyone thinks he is the best. That is-until Bacon’s fame goes to his head. He’s so busy soaking up the attention, that he soon forgets the important things in life, like friendship and family. How will it all pan out for our dashing, delicious hero?

How Martha Saved Her Parents From Green Beans by David LaRochelle
They’re mean. They’re green. They’re the baddest beans around. ‘Green beans are good for you. Green beans will make you big and strong.’ Martha doesn’t believe what her parents tell her. And nothing will ever – ever – make her eat them. But when some beady-eyed, boot stomping beans bust into town and start causing trouble, Martha knows she has to take action against this gang of outlaws, cutthroats, and desperadoes. She can think of only one way to stop the villainous veggies, and it’s not pretty . . . or tasty. Even the pickiest of eaters will be unable to resist this deliciously ridiculous tale of how Martha saved her parents – and the world – from green beans.

Pickin’ Peas by Margaret Read MacDonald
Pickin peas. Land on my knees! sings a pesky rabbit as he merrily eats his way through the pea patch Little Girl has planted. But when Little Girl snatches him up and takes him home to put in a box until pea season is over, the rabbit is soon singing a new tune as he plans his escape. With a nod to Brer Rabbit, Pickin Peas is based on two folktales collected in Alabama and Virginia at the end of the last century. The lively storytelling voice of Margaret Read MacDonald, matched with Pat Cummingss bright, bold pictures, makes this funny battle-of-wits tale perfect to tell out loud, letting everyone share in the fun of chanting its rhymic refrain!

June 29, 1999 by David Wiesner
The lively imagination of Caldecott medalist David Wiesner forecasts astounding goings-on for a Tuesday in the not too distant future — an occurrence of gigantic vegetal proportions.

How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? by Jane Yolen
How does a dinosaur eat all his food? Does he burp, does he belch, or make noises quite rude? Does he pick at his cereal, throw down his cup,hoping to make someone else pick it up? Just like kids, dinosaurs have a difficult time learning to behave at the table. However, with a little help from Mom and Dad, these young dinosaurs eat all before them with smiles and goodwill. As in their previous books, Yolen and Teague capture children’s rambunctious natures with playful read-aloud verse and wonderfully amusing pictures.

How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid , The Worst Class Trip Ever , and the Tapper Twins series “will revolt and delight” in How to Eat Fried Worms . Because of a bet, Billy is in the uncomfortable position of having to eat fifteen worms in fifteen days. The worms are supplied by his opponent, whose motto is “The bigger and juicier, the better!” At first Billy’s problem is whether or not he can swallow the worm placed before him, even with a choice of condiments from peanut butter to horseradish. But later it looks as if Billy will win, and the challenge becomes getting to the worm to eat it. Billy’s family, after checking with the doctor, takes everything in stride. They even help Billy through his gastronomic ordeal, which twists and turns with each new day, leaving the outcome of the bet continually in doubt.

Ms. LaGrange is Strange by Dan Gutman
Something weird is going on! Ms. LaGrange talks funny, and she’s from some other country called France! She thinks the vomitorium is a fancy restaurant! Plus she’s writing secret messages in the mashed potatoes. Ms. LaGrange is the weirdest lunch lady in the history of the world!

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The Story Behind Chocolate by Sean Stewart Price
What is the ‘food of the gods’? How did Aztecs make their chocolate foamy? When were chocolate chip cookies invented? To uncover the hidden facts behind everyday things, explore the secrets of True Stories. True Stories reveals the surprising truth about a range of subjects. Discover everything you could wish to know, and some things you’ll wish you didn’t, about a huge range of topics!

It’s Disgusting—and We Ate It!: True Food Facts From Around the World and Throughout History by James Solheim
How about a nice dish of Colonial Squirrel Pie with a side of milkweed shoots? If that doesn’t grab you, you might think about trying some Garbage Stew, just like they made in medieval England. But if you’re feeling a little tired and need a boost, your best bet is roasted spiders. They’ve got three times the protein of cooked beef. (Is your mouth watering yet?) Illustrated by the wildly-creative Eric Brace, It’s Disgusting — and We Ate It! is a fascinating look at culinary creations from all over the world!

Weird but True! Food: 300 Bite-Sized Facts about Incredible Edibles! by Rebecca Baines
This latest addition to the crazy popular Weird but True series serves up tons more zany fun, focused totally on the subject of food! A Step up to the plate to get 100 percent new content, with 300 more of the amazing facts plus photos that kids just can’t get enough of.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of Thanksgiving crafts out there. In keeping with the food theme, this is one of my favorites. It’s easy to make and always turns out very cute!  Instructions courtesy of The Party Animal.

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