Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin is a favorite from my childhood. I still have my copy and have read it to Caroline over the years. My mother made the cranberry bread recipe included for many years and it is so good. This is definitely a cozy book to add to your homeschooling!
This is the story of a grandmother and granddaughter who prepare to host guests for Thanksgiving. Amazon gives this preview of the story:
Every year Grandmother invited a guest for Thanksgiving dinner and allowed Maggie to do the same. “Ask someone poor or lonely,” she always said. Thanksgiving was Grandmother’s favorite day of the year. The cooking was done and her famous cranberry bread was cooling on a wooden board. But she wasn’t happy to find out Maggie had invited the unsavory Mr. Whiskers to dinner. Would her secret cranberry bread recipe be safe with him in the house?
You’ll have to read the story to find out what happens!
I highly recommend adding Cranberry Thanksgiving to your family library to enjoy each year.
Home Economics – Make the cranberry bread using the recipe on the back cover.
Geography – Research where cranberries are grown in the United States. Record the locations on a United States map printable.
Field Trip – If you are fortunate enough to live in a state with cranberry bogs, take a field trip to see them in real life. Otherwise, watch a video online about how cranberries are grown and harvested.
Bible – Look up 1 Samuel 16:7 and discuss how the principle in that verse might apply to this story.
Poetry – Read the poem Thanksgiving by Henry Coyle.
Handwriting – Have fun learning about Thanksgiving while doing handwriting with Thanksgiving Copywork – Print & Curisve.
Creative Writing – Use Thanksgiving Writing Prompts to start a creative writing project.