Thursday is Thanksgiving Day here in the States, a holiday I'm determined not to forget about, even though the Christmas season is already rushing in. I'm not even sure if we will have much of a Thanksgiving. Mr. B is the usual turkey-cooker, but he will probably be working Thursday. There is a chance he may be off Wednesday, which is the first day of Thanksgiving break for everyone else, so we may have an early dinner.
But today, I offer you a visual feast in the form of two books, both having to do with fall harvest time, and both culminating in Thanksgiving feasts. Oh, and I should mention that both books feature illustrations by two of the greatest.
|Hardscrabble Harvest by Dahlov Ipcar.|
Originally published by Doubleday & Co., 1976.
Reprint edition by Islandport Press, 2009.
I love Dahlov Ipcar's illustrations. The story is simple. The book demonstrates threats faced by the crops planted at the beginning of the book. There are crows, chickens, ducks, sheep, rabbits, horses, raccoons, and deer, wreaking havoc in the fields. Finally, the farm couple rushes to harvest everything they can before the freeze, and a Thanksgiving feast is shared at the table.
The other book I have to share with you was written by Alvin Tresselt, best-known for his 1964 re-telling of The Mitten, and the Caldecott Award-winning White Snow, Bright Snow. Autumn Harvest is illustrated by his collaborator on the latter, Roger Duvoisin.
|Autumn Harvest by Alvin Tresselt, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin.|
Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co., 1951.
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