With Thanksgiving coming up, I have been trying to find book selections about things we are thankful for.
I picked up this 1969 State of California textbook at our Goodwill the other day. It's in pretty poor condition, but the illustrations were too good to pass up.
It's called Sounds Around the Clock by Bill Martin, JR. (His name probably sounds familiar--He wrote Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Chicka-Chicka-Boom Boom)
This textbook is a collection of short stories and poems. We found a delightful story called All Kinds of Neighbors by Howard R. Wellesley, Illustrated by Aliki.
I'm thankful for our neighbors, so we read the story together and then made some Thanksgiving-themed treats for them. I got the idea for the turkey cookies from my friend Amanda. She brought some to us last week and shared how she made them. She just wrote a guest post for Make and Takes today--you really need to visit their site to get the official tutorial complete with beautiful pictures.
But for now, you'll just have to suffer through my photos.
Here is the lovely oreo cookie turkey made by Amanda. She explained that you cover an oreo with chocolate icing, place a christmas bell chocolate for the head, candy corn for the feathers, and mini m&ms for the eyes and wattle. (Use chocolate icing to make the parts stick.)
Ha! Here is my version!! We didn't have Christmas bell chocolates, so we used Hershey's kisses. We didn't have mini m&ms, so we used regular sized ones for the eyes--kind of gives him a bug-eyed look--and we cut up some Dots to make the wattle. It still somewhat resembles a turkey--perhaps a crazed, overly caffeinated turkey, but a turkey none-the-less.
Juliet REALLY enjoyed making these. And by "making" I mean licking the icing while I did all the work.
We delivered the crazed turkeys to our neighbors who gobbled them up immediately.
So, now on to the book. I thought I would share some of the gorgeous illustrations with you.
Here is the inside: You can see that it is a discarded book. If you could smell it, you would smell a rather strong smell of stale cigarette smoke.
"Some neighbors ask you to come in." (How cute is she?)
"Some do not." (Yikes! Measles? Really?)
"Some neighbors give parties." (Adorable.)
"Some do not." (Too busy reading for parties? Who is this kid?)
"What kind of neighbor are you?" asks the final page. Hopefully, we are the kind that do NOT have the measles, do throw parties, do share great books, and do deliver tasty (yet slightly deformed) turkey cookies from time to time.