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Tea, Books & a Giveaway Winner!

Thanks to random.org, I have a winner to announce!

Congratulations, Jamie Salvucci!

Jamie, I hope you enjoy these pretty colored pencils. To my mind, they are as lovely to use as they are to display! Thank you very much for taking the time to participate in my giveaway ... I will be in touch soon to arrange mailing details. :)

And thanks to all for leaving your thoughts and expressing your fondness for this beautiful holiday. I so enjoyed reading through your comments ... and I encourage all my readers to check out that thread - talk about a real Turkey Day pep talk! The comments are filled with great ideas and many little joys we might not think about, but relish all the same. (It might be fun to read through the comments with your children, and get them talking about their favorite Thanksgiving things!)

Well my friends, now that it's late in the day and the light's growing dim, how about a cup of tea?

Friday tea

Actually my "tea" this week is not tea at all ... but cocoa! Oddly enough I can't really drink tea these days ... it just doesn't sit right! I can do a little coffee first thing in the morning, but even that has lost its pizazz.

But with cold weather upon us and the days getting dark, I must have something hot to sip on - something warm and soothing to fill my mug and keep my hands warm and spirit soothed. And cocoa - with extra milk so it's not too rich - fits the bill.

(And it helps with the morning sickness, too!)

Behind my mug is a stack of some fun things I looked at today ... my journal (top) and my project notebook (bottom) and in between some lovely children's books ... a few of my Thanksgiving favorites.

My Book of Thanks by B.G. Hennessy (Candlewick Press)

Thanks book 1

This is my favorite gratitude book for children. It's not necessarily a Thanksgiving book, but its message is absolutely beautiful - simply stated and sweetly illustrated.

A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting (Clarion Books)

Thanks book 2

I have loved this book for years! The story is funny, suspenseful and warm, and the illustrations are just charming - infused with the look and feel of late autumn and lots of cozy details. 

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Turkey, Family and Counting Blessings by Deborah Heiligman (National Geographic)

Thanks book 3

Books like these really appeal to my Earlybird - the photos are clear and interesting and the text is straight-forward. The holiday is discussed thoroughly, but in easy prose (bolded vocab and quotations). The pages are busy, but not overdone. We have several of the books in the "Holidays Around the World" series and I especially like how multi-ethnic they are. The holiday experience is so different from region to region and from family to family, and I like for my children to understand that.


Well, I think I've kept  you here long enough! Maybe your day's fading as mine is, or perhaps it's quite late - but wherever you're at, I hope it's been a good one. Ours was quite nice - especially because Bill and I got to hear the baby's heartbeat at my OB appointment today! I'm not sure there's a more precious sound in the whole world, than that of your child's heartbeat ...

I find myself closing my eyes when there's a moment of silence and remembering just what that "wooshing sound" sounded like:

Wush-ush-ush-ush-ush ....

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends ... see you here again very soon!