Mommy's Time Out Magazine November Issue - Page 15

Kid's Book Club

with

For over forty years, Mercer Mayer has been

writing and illustrating stories about Little

Critter and the shenanigans he gets into

while growing up. The Little Critter books,

especially “I Was So Mad” and “All By Myself”

and “Just Go To Bed,” have always been favorites for all three of my kids. My son, Trevor, who is now 8 yrs old, still thinks “I Was So Mad” is one of the funniest books ever, and I probably have it memorized from the hundreds of times he had me read it to him as a toddler.

In the first book, “Being Thankful,” Little Critter isn't getting anything he wants. His friends get cool, big things, while he is stuck with boring, regular-sized things. But on a trip to the farm, Grandma shows Little Critter why thankfulness is so important and helps make any situation seem so much happier. In the second book, “Just A Special Thanksgiving,” Little Critter is going to have a Thanksgiving he'll never forget! From the school play to a town parade where he manages to get in the center of the action, to a surprise dinner for all of Critterville, including the homeless and needy, we celebrate along with Little Critter and his family as they give thanks during the Thanksgiving holiday.

When reading these books with your kids, there are many talking points about how Little Critter could have made better, kinder choices, and many opportunities to explain how important it is to always be thankful and kind.

Gratitude Jar Activity

Create a Gratitude Jar in your home for the month of

November, simply by gluing fall-colored leaves or putting

Thanksgiving stickers on a clear mason jar. Then have

everyone in your family place photos, memories, drawings

of special moments, notes about things they are thankful

for, and place those small pieces of paper inside the jar.

Then, come Thanksgiving Day, open the jar and read each

gratitude moment as a family.

BEING THANKFUL &

JUST A SPECIAL THANKSGIVING

BY MERCER MAYER

RECOMMENDED BY Jennifer Kovatch