The Great Thanksgiving Escape by Mark Fearing

When I was little, large family get-togethers were basically excuses for the children to stuff our faces and hang out with cousins whom we rarely met up with. In fact, the only childhood memories I have of such occasions are that of eating and playing. And that, basically, sums up The Great Thanksgiving Escape, which gives a kid-centric view of a big family gathering — thanksgiving dinner, in this case — and reminds us how startlingly fresh and different a kid’s point of view can be from that of stodgy grownups and emotionally detached teenagers.

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Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss

One of the reasons why many of Dr. Seuss’s best books resonate with both children and grown-ups, is the way he has compressed important life lessons into ostensibly lightly-worded and catchy rhymes that can be understood by anyone. And one of the best examples of his genius at work is, of course, Green Eggs and Ham, which, incredibly, contains only 50 different words — the happy result of a bet between the author and his publisher — and is ideal for the youngest readers.

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Mmm… Let’s Eat! by Libby Koponen and Betsy Thompson

‘Eating a rainbow’ is a concept that helps kids to identify fresh produce and encourages healthy eating habits.

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Mmm… Let’s Eat! is thus a deliciously colourful book that reinforces this fundamental idea with its simple but enjoyable narrative involving a cast of friendly animal characters who make good food choices as the day progresses from morning to night.

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