Thanksgiving & Other Festivals of the Harvest by Betsy Richardson
Did you know that President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863 as a way to bring the North and South together during the Civil War?
Since ancient times, people have given thanks for the harvest, celebrating with feasting, bonfires and elaborate dances. Octoberfest, Sukkot and Chinese Moon Festivals are just a few of these traditions.
100 Ways to Be Thankful by Lisa M. Gerry
The book offers suggestions for children and adults alike, from showing others you love them to cherishing the changing of the seasons and marveling at science.
The illustrations and text spark ideas for appreciating life’s gifts, and an index makes it easy to find specific topics.
Contributed by Kay Drache, Hennepin County Library – Maple Grove