A Day To Be Thankful

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. A day to be thankful. A day for giving. A day for family and friends. A day for eating turkey and mashed potatoes and thinking about all the things you should be Thankful for.

I am Thankful for my mom and dad and my sister Josie, all the rest of my family, my friends, my home and my life. I am Thankful for all the people who visit my blog and take the time to read it and comment. I am Thankful I get to go to school and learn.

What are you Thankful for?

One more thing I am Thankful for at this time of year – COLD WEATHER…okay maybe not the cold weather, but that means it brings SNOW!! I LOVE SNOW! I am Thankful that we live in a place that gets a bunch of snow in the winter. ๐Ÿ˜€

I hope we get snow.

Speaking of snow, I have two great winter picture books with snow in them to tell you about today! They both get a rating of 5 bookworms from me!

Snow Games

By Joanna Marple

Illustrated by Maja Sereda

31 pages – ages 3+

eBook Published by uTales,ย  2012

Bear, Owl, Squirrel, and Mouse are going out to play in the snow. They go sled racing, but Mouse came in last. When they have a snowball fight, Mouse’s snowballs fall too short. Will Mouse find a snow game he can shine at?

The story in this book is very nice. I love books about believing in yourself and realizing you don’t have to be the best at everything. The illustrations are cute and the rhyme of the story is excellent! Mouse was a very nice character who wanted to prove that he wasn’t horrible at all the snow games. I think kids 3+ will like this book!

To learn more about Joanna Marple, please visit her website HERE. Click on the book to go to uTales to find her book.

Next up is –

Cold Snap

By Eileen Spinelli

Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman

40 pages – ages 5+

Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 9, 2012

It’s really cold in the town of Toby Mills. At first the kids enjoyed playing in the snow, but the temperature keeps dropping and the townspeople are freezing. The icicle on the statue of the town’s founder (General Toby)’s nose keeps growing each day and the temperature keeps dropping! The townsfolk are having problems, Mr. Moffat was stuck on the train for 2 hours because the doors froze shut. People are slipping on the ice. The chilly wind blew kids off the playground swings!ย  As it gets colder and colder, the townspeople (and their pets) do everything they can to stay warm. The townspeople complain to the mayor, but what can he do? Then the mayor’s wife hatches a plan to thaw everyone out.

BRRR – I got chills just reading this book! I love the story about all the townspeople and how they deal with the COLD. The mayor’s wife’s solution was an awesome ending to the story. I won’t give it away, but I will say that it was a great way to lift the townsfolk’s spirits (and warm them up).ย  The story makes you feel happy. ๐Ÿ™‚ The illustrations are amazing, you can feel the cold in them too! The picture I have of the cover of the book doesn’t show how frosty it is. It is actually all sparkly and it gives it a very pretty effect. There is also a great recipe at the end of the book that you use snow to make…all I need now is snow for it – LET IT SNOW! I think kids 5+ would like this book!

To learn more about Mrs. Spinelli and her other AWESOME books, please visit her website HERE. Cold snap can be found in all bookstores!


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43 replies

  1. I’m thankful for my family, my health, my free country, those who ensure that freedom…and the ability to read great books like these. Happy Thanksgiving, Erik!

  2. Great post Erik! I’m thankful for my health. After two shoulder surgeries this year, I’m even more thankful because many people have ailments much worse. I love the illustrations (or at least the covers) of these two books. Thanks Erik, have a Happy Thanksgiving, and best of luck to Ms. Marple & Ms. Spinelli!

    Paul R. Hewlett

  3. Nice post, Erik! Glad you have so much to be thankful for – me too! I have read Snow Games, but not Cold Snap – I’ll have to check that one out! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving… but I confess, I wouldn’t mind waiting a little while longer for snow ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. These chilly choices sound adorable. I’m thankful for Mom and my toys and of course bacon. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Love and licks,

    • Happy Thanksgiving Cupcake! Do you like turkey flavored treats? If yes, have some *hands over bag*. If no, have some bacon! *hands over 27 strips* ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think you would like Cold Snap. It has a dog and cat in it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I love your attitude, Erik, and I am thankful for you.
    In fact, I am thankful for so much, but one other thing I will name is that through my computer I have met such amazing people in the writing community. I am thankful for them all.

  6. I am thankful for kids like you, Erik, who are so into reading! (And I’m thankful for boatloads of other things, too!) Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving.

  7. That’s so cool that you featured Joanna’s book. Have a fantastic Thanksgiving, Erik. I am thankful to have found your blog.

  8. Erik…we are all thankful for you! You are smart and witty and thoughtful and kind…and one of the best book reviewers I know…and your writing is original, funny and top-notch!!!

    I’m with Ms. Hill on the snow issue. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love to look at it high up on Pikes Peak…but I don’t like to drive in it.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  9. Hi Erik, I am thankful for family and friends. I am especially thankful for meeting you and all my other wonderful online writing buddies. I love snow to, but unfortunately I don’t get it in my city, just the rain in winter. I am also thankful for my health and being able to read wonderful books like the ones you mentioned above. Thankyou for such a lovely post.

  10. Thank you, my friend! What a lovely surprise for me today. I am thankful for this wonderful blogging community and all their support. I am about to have my first snowy winter in many, many years. Yay!

    Happy thanksgiving, Erik, to you and all your family!

  11. I am thankful for you and your family and the way you help encourage other kids to read. I’m also thankful for friends like Ms. Marple who write such cool books. And a ton of other things as well!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. Thankyou for the thoughtful and lovely post. I like snow and you picked exellent books to highlight! I am thankful for my relationship with this writing community and for friends and family near and far.

  13. I love your post. More than anything I’m thankful for my two children – they are the light in my life. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. I am thankful for so much stuff, and that there will be stuff-ing tomorrow! And that my daughter will be sharing the American Thanksgiving tradition with her wonderful host family in Germany this year!

  15. Cold Snap sounds like a great book and I love the cover. I am thankful for my animals, family, and friends. I am lucky to have two obs I enjoy and good food to eat for Thanksgiving. Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  16. Happy Thnaksgiving to you and your family Erik. Thank you for being my blogging friend and for sharing all these wonderful books with us. I am thankful for my wonderful family and all my friends, like you.

  17. Well said son. I’m thankful for a great family and the changing of the seasons. I really like all of them. Bring on the snow!

  18. Great post Erik!! I am thankful for family and friends!

  19. Happy Thanksgiving, Erik…to you and yours!

  20. Happy Thanksgiving! I am the most thankful for my loving family. Spending time with them today has been awesome. We just got done playing some games. =)


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