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In November

I hope you’re having a wonderful day! At about this time we are probably already on the road driving to our friends’ house in the country. Because I knew I’d be cooking, traveling, and eating today, I am actually wrote this message yesterday. Sneaky Pete!

Vivi and I have been enjoying another fantastic library book. I love that our children’s library puts out seasonal books on display; sometimes I’ll grab a book about Halloween or Thanksgiving in the hopes that it can help me enlighten my child on our strange American traditions. We have also gotten in the habit of having a special activity in each month for which we can gather decorations and celebrate, so I decided to get this book about the month of November to liven the mood of this occasionally dreary month.

In NovemberIn November by Cynthia Rylant

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In November has such gorgeous illustrations. The author chooses her few words wisely and paints a picture with the vivid descriptions. Here are a few of my favorite passages:

In November, the smell of food is different. It is an orange smell. A squash and a pumpkin smell. It tastes like cinnamon and can fill up a house in the morning, can pull everyone from bed in a fog. Food is better in November than any other time of the year.

In November, at winter’s gate, the stars are brittle. The sun is a sometime friend. And the world has tucked her children in, with a kiss on their heads, till spring.

We have much to be thankful for around here. If the crummy economy has taught us anything positive, it’s that we are grateful not for our possessions but for the other real gifts we have. We are every one of us happy and healthy, which is such a blessing. Happy Thanksgiving!

Hugs and smooches,

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