The Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing (a Review)

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The Night Before Thanksgiving (a Review)

What a great book to read with your children during this busy Thanksgiving week! This book is in the collection of “Night before…” books that Natasha Wing has written. The reason I chose this book to review is because of how it’s written. It takes the familiar syntax and flow of the traditional “Night Before Christmas” story and combines it with Thanksgiving traditions.

The story begins with all the preparations for Thanksgiving, such as preparing the food, helping Mom make pies and chronicles to the morning of Thanksgiving by watching the parade on T.V., preparing for family to come over, and ends with the part we all love about Thanksgiving: leftovers!

The singsong text and rhyming words make this an easy and fun book to read and understand. The illustrations in the book are simple, but beautiful and capture exactly what Thanksgiving looks like to many families. This book promotes togetherness and has a pause in it for families to stop and be thankful together.

Thanksgiving Activities to Go With This Book

1. Let your children help you make the Thanksgiving grocery list.

2. Make a thankful chain. Cut construction paper into strips and have your kids write something they are thankful for on each strip. When all the strips are filled out, link the paper strips together, and you’ve created a beautiful thankful chain you can use for decoration.

Make a thankful chain

3. Make Turkey handprint place cards. Trace child’s hand onto a white sheet of paper. Decorate like a turkey and write family member’s name on the front, cut out.  Cut a brown strip of construction paper out and fold into a circle. Glue or tape turkey to the brown base and you’ve got a great Turkey place card.

Turkey place cards

Find It In Your Library!

  • Book: The Night Before Thanksgiving 
  • Author: Natasha Wing
  • Illustrator: Tammie Lyon
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap, 2001
  • ISBN: 0448425297
  • Genre: Picture Book Fiction.
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