Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Poems selected by Myra Cohn Livingston, illustrated by Stephen Gammell.
Holiday House, 1985.

If you're here in the United States, then Happy Thanksgiving! My girls have been out of school all week (which is fine, even if it's really due to lack of school funding at the state level, GRRRRRRR!!!!), and my brothers-in-law arrived in Wichita from Washington, D.C. yesterday. Today, my father-in-law comes to town from Missouri, and we shall all partake in the fancy Thanksgiving buffet in the ballroom at the Hyatt. How is that for different?

I made two pies, though. I need leftover pie in my life. And I will help cook dinner at my sister's on Sunday.

In the meantime, here is a book! Thanksgiving books are not really a favorite of mine, and the book I really wanted to read this year just wasn't available. Instead, I have a vintage book of poetry, compiled by the poet Myra Cohn Livingston, and illustrated by Stephen Gammell, better known in my world as the man responsible for these illustrations. Don't worry, these are far less disturbing.

I'm not crazy about this book, but I'm weird about Thanksgiving books in general. Rebecca at Sturdy For Common Things posted a great booklist, which includes several books I've blogged about in the past, if you are looking for some worthy titles.

Of course, it's also the ultimate Thankful Thursday, so to share a few more things I am thankful for:

  • I'm thankful for our time with my husband's family.
  • I'm thankful for time with my sister and her daughters and husband, my grandma, and my dad.
  • I'm thankful for my mom in Oklahoma, who turns 60 tomorrow. Alas, I won't see her until late December. Happy Birthday, Ma!
  • I'm thankful for my readers, who put up with my shoddy photographs and tendency to either underwrite or ramble on forever about nothing. Thanks for sticking around.
And because I don't have to cook tomorrow, I get to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with fewer interruptions! And I'm thankful for the new Anne of Green Gables, Gilmore Girls, and American Girl movie to binge on once guests are gone and the dust settles. 

And books! I'm thankful for books! And pie! And pets! And Christmas coming! And theatre! And dancing kiddos! And...



I'll stop now.

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The Wizard of Oz (Auzou, 2016)

The Wizard of Oz, adapted from the novel by L. Frank Baum by Anouk Filippini, illustrated by Elodie Coudray. French-language, Anouk, 2014. English translation by Susan Allen Maurin, Auzou, 2016.

I have a beautiful new Wizard of Oz picture book to show you! It's a simplified version of the original novel, originally published in France two years ago. The girls and I loved the sweet, modern illustrations. After all, we've read so many editions of the stories - it's always fun to see a new take!

We get a lovely illustration of the old yet beautiful Good Witch of the North.

While the vicious Kalidahs do show up in the story, there is no illustration. Bummer.

Filippini's text doesn't really mention the green spectacles, but Coudray works them into the art. Love it!

After Dorothy misses her ride, the Wizard calls to her to see Glinda, the Good Witch of the South. From there, the story jumps to the end. We don't actually see the visit with Glinda, let alone the journey to Quadling Country. (Too bad. I would have loved to see Coudray's china people!) The last page is a lovely illustration of Dorothy jumping through a rainbow, back to the farm.

While many story elements are left out, it is more faithful to the original book than the MGM movie. If you're looking for a simplified version for younger children, or if you're an Oz-crazy collector like me, it's a fine book! We checked this one out from the library, but I may add it to our Christmas wish list...

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