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November

Mr. and Mrs. Moose invite all their animal friends for Thanksgiving dinner and the only one missing is Turkey. When they set out to find him, Turkey is quaking with fear because he doesn’t realize that his hosts want him at their table, not on it.

 Intrepid, dedicated, hardworking school handy-duck Albert has helped the children of Pleasant Valley plant a garden. Now it is time for the annual P.T.A.-sponsored Thanksgiving feast, and the garden needs to be harvested. Will anyone remember?

Joe and Gram plant a garden together, but they each have their own special way of doing things. Together, this grandma and grandson pair complete tasks during each of the four seasons, and then wait as the good brown earth takes care of the rest. Children will relate to Joe’s creative way of gardening. They will appreciate the magic that happens when the earth turns a seed into a plant.

An introduction to growing a rainbow garden. Includes planting tips, a discussion on critter control, and fun colorful recipes!

The history behind several common fruits and vegetables.

Did you know that Cesar Chavez organized the first movement for farmers’ rights in America? This story details his efforts, from his childhood on a ranch in Arizona to his founding of the National Farm Workers Association. It is an inspiring tale of how hard work and nonviolent communication can be tools for achieving great things.

Students will enjoy this interesting variation on hash browns. Experiment with different types of cheese for unique flavors! Recipe by Liz and Katie Button of Cúrate.

In November the air turns crisp and cold. Families, animals, and insects all gather together for warmth. This is a great book to share with students to celebrate the month of November.

Jamie is the laziest man in all of Ireland and relies on his wife to grow his potatoes. When his wife hurts her back and needs to stay in bed, Jamie worries that he will starve. Then he meets a leprechaun who give him a magic potato seed and he devises a plan so he never has to worry about food again.

From the book, The Gigantic Sweet Potato, by Dianne de Las Casas, this recipe incorporates local sweet potatoes into a sweet and savory pie.