The Thanksgiving Dinner Platter written and illustrated by Randa Handler

NEW RELEASE

The true meaning of Thanksgiving.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving has just been announced as a holiday in the US and eight-year-old little American-Japanese girl Takari is very excited. Her father is still in Japan however, all her other relatives in America are coming over and Takari wants to help her mother with the preparations. 

They have in America her Grandma Toshi’s very special platter, which is traditionally used for the celebration. Takari’s  mom explains to her all about the Japanese Thanksgiving day which has a different name Kinro Kansha no Hi. Little Takari wants to help, and her mother reluctantly agrees, however, an accident happens and her mother is very angry so she goes to play with her friend Little Sparrow.

When Takari, and Ruffles her dog arrive at his house they find him making cornmeal, which he tells her he is making in the traditional Wampanoag Indian way, with a wooden pestle and mortar, just as it was made it at time of first Thanksgiving. Sadly, she tells him all about her accident and his father offers to help her.

The children make cornbread together discussing their different ways of celebrating Thanksgiving, and then Takari discovers that Little Sparrow is taking the cornbread to the Veterans Hospital. Thanksgiving is about helping others as well as giving thanks for what you have, he explains to her, and so she joins him and discovers for herself the pleasure which can be gained by helping others.

This is a lovely multi cultural story with bright illustrations. The author has managed to gently open children’s eyes to the wider world, teaching them not only about the history behind American Thanksgiving Day but also explaining that many countries around the world celebrate their own kind of Thanksgiving days, perhaps with different names, but they all have nearly the same meaning.

Available at Amazon here http://www.amazon.com/The-Thanksgiving-Dinner-Platter-ebook/dp/B00F8IMBKG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379947096&sr=8-1&keywords=the+thanksgiving+dinner+platter

and Barnes & Noble here http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-thanksgiving-dinner-platter-randa-handler/1116961561?ean=2940148754091

Janie and the Magic Box Christmas

A wonderful new Christmas story by Julia Dweck.

 

 

 

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0091YHEGE/ref=cm_cr_mts_prod_img

Available in Kindle format.

 

With Christmas a day away, and temperatures of 100 degrees, what will happen to Christmas? Janie wonders. Will Santa come this year?

Then the magic box opens, and inside is a surprise, which changes everything – but you’ll have to read the book to see how.

I’m sure any child would love to own this lovely new rhyming Christmas story, colourfully illustrated by Terry Sirrell.

The Magical Tale of Santa Dust – A Christmas Tradition by Patricia Cardello

A magical, enchanting story for Christmas in hardcover with a pouch of Santa Dust included.

www.amazon.com/The-Magical-Tale-Santa-Dust/dp/0983366209/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352375577&sr=8-1&keywords=the+magical+tale+of+santa+dust

How does Santa find all the children on christmas Eve?

This is what two very good children wonder. If the family are poor and the house is dark, how will he know they are there?

When their little dog Jack goes out late on Christmas Eve, he finds something beautiful. The children don’t know that it’s magical, until the magic of Santa Dust is worked, giving them the best Christmas ever.

This is a wonderful new Christmas story about the magic of Santa Dust. Patricia Cardello, a talented author has teamed with Manuela Soriani, the illustrator to produce a beautiful book which any child would love.