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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Cranberry Bog

Cranberry Thanksgiving
By Delvin, Wende & Harry




Heading to the hill country.  One holiday book bag, four kids, one husband, one dog, and three bags of fresh cranberries all packed. Why so many cranberries?  Why not! Well, we will start with our traditional read of Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende & Harry Delvin.  This 1971 oldie is about a cranberry bread recipe and a recipe thief. But I’m not revealing the real thief, but will say not to judge others based on their appearance.

Back to the cranberries. Imma makin’ Grandmother’s recipe in the back of the book.  Here it is! – Yum

Grandmother’s Famous Cranberry Bread

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
3/4 cup orange juice
1 1/2 cup light raisins
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, chopped

Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda into a large bowl. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Add egg, orange peel, and orange juice all at once; stir just until mixture is evenly moist. Fold in raisins and cranberries.

Spoon into a greased 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pan; cool on a wire rack.


Clarence: The Cranberry Who Couldn't Bounce
By Coogan, Jim



 
Activity: Did you know that cranberries bounce because they have pockets of air inside of them.  So after bouncing berries down the hill, I'll share this story with the kids: In the 1880s, a New Jersey grower named John 'Peg Leg' Webb discovered that cranberries bounce. Instead of carrying his crop down from the storage loft of his barn, Webb poured them down the steps. He noticed that only the freshest, firmest fruit reached the bottom; rotten or bruised berries didn't bounce and remained on the steps. This discovery led to the invention of 'bounceboards' that are tools used to separate rotten berries from fresh ones.

Other cranberry ideas welcome, I’m up to my ears in these berries and wondering why I bought so many.  Maybe I’ll take this into Christmas and go with red this year, instead of blue.

Turkeys in the Bag

Daisy's Crazy Thanksgiving
By Cuyler, Margery




Not sure this would hold attention, but overall was a good story.  Daisy goes to spend Thanksgiving with her crazy chaotic Grammy & Grampy, and learns to appreciate quietness. I made it more enjoyable by having Little Reader draw a picture of a crazy holiday after reading.  

Thanksgiving Rules
By Friedman, Lauire




Do kids need instruction on how to stack their Thanksgiving plate? It’s all here in funny rhyme and fantastical illustrations.

An Outlaw Thanksgiving
By McCully, Emily Arnold




Historical fiction showing a different side of the notorious Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.  (Kinda partial to the Western, I’m a native Texan, what can I say!)

Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving
By Pilkey, Dav



It’s all about saving turkeys in this comical rhyme, just like the original Twas the Night Before Christmas. After a turkey farm field trip, the children decide to save the turkeys from their grave fate.  After stuffing turkeys under their clothes they return home and live happily ever after, with their turkeys.  We are not vegetarians, and still planning on gobbling up turkey and all the fixins.

Thanksgiving Mice!
By Roberts, Bethany




Quite simply, a lovable book about mice putting on a Thanksgiving play.  Little Reader had a First Thanksgiving feast at school and as the Indian “snow wolf” reenacted this mouse story to her classmates.  As always, the queen of the scene!

Just got our Thanksgiving gumballs and Jigsaw software today.  Yippee! Wishing you a Turkeylicious Thanksgiving.



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