Badger’s Fancy Meal by Keiko Kasza.
Badger has a den full of food, but he wants something fancier, so he heads out to look for it. He sees all sorts of yummy-looking animals as he explores, but they all escape him. What he doesn’t realize is that they are all escaping into his food-filled den. Only when he has lost it, does he realize the value of what he already had.
This is a clever book that will be very familiar to adults, but is fresh for children. The device of using a turning page to hide from badger what happened on the last page but allows children to view it is very clever and fun. As always, Kasza’s illustrations are winningly done and will project well to a group of children.
I would recommend this for a thanksgiving story that is free of Pilgrims. It shows not only a love of food but offers a device to really talk about what we should be thankful for.