Traditions grow differently up here in the frozen north.  Our Fourth of July comes during the long daylight hours of the summer, when it just is not dark enough to have a decent fireworks display.  Here on the Kenai Peninsula in South Central Alaska, we have our fireworks display on Thanksgiving, because it's dark enough then to really be able to have a great display, and sometimes nature cooperates with it's own wonderful display of Aurora Borealis. The nights are cold enough, and dark enough that these Northern Lights are just spectacular.

During the fireworks on Thanksgiving, Santa Claus makes his annual trip to the Kenai Peninsula, arriving in a helicopter, much to the delight of the children, bundled up in their snowsuits. The rest of the Thanksgiving tradition in Alaska is the same as everywhere else; families will gather and serve up the turkey and trimmings, and reflect on how much we really have to be thankful for in this great country of ours.


There are so many new Thanksgiving children's books this year. I KNOW AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A PIE by Alison Jackson and illustrated by Judith Byron
looks like it is really full of laughs as the madcap relative who brings a pie to Thanksgiving dinner eats the whole thing before she even gets in the door.

There is a new Magic Tree House book called THANKSGIVING ON THURSDAY by Mary Pope Osborne.  Jack and Annie are whisked back to the first Thanksgiving, where they meet Squanto and the pilgrims.


New for teens is The Motley Fool Investment Guide for Teens: 8 Steps to Having More Money Than Your Parents Ever Dreamed of by David Gardner, Tom Gardner, Selena Maranjian


Who Moved My Cheese? For Teens by Spencer, Md.  Johnson.  Dr. Johnson had adapted his bestselling adult title for Teens. The author's message about the importance of anticipating, accepting and using change to improve life is a message we can all benefit from. Ages 10-up.


Favorite Websites
Teens, have you visited the Grouchy Cafe? It's all about favorite teen books, teen angst and personal discovery.  Click here Favorite Teenage Angstbooks: Welcome!
Here is a site for you to express your opinions and find out what other teens are up to
Teen Speak - Online Teen Resources & Links

Here is a fun site for kids with Lots of fun things to do.
Children's Book Nook/Activity Center

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