Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Countdown to Thanksgiving from Amy Puetz and Golden Prairie Press (Review)

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Product Links: Countdown to Thanksgiving E-book

Vendor Information Link: Golden Prairie Press

Age Appeal: Geared towards 6-14 year-olds

Format: PDF download (there is also a physical copy available for $17.00

Price: As of November 12, 2014- $17.00

Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions?  Is Thanksgiving all about turkey or is it about giving thanks to God and learning how important Thanksgiving is to the history of the United States?

This countdown from Amy Puetz begins 14 days (November 13, 2014) before Thanksgiving and includes the day of Thanksgiving.  Each day includes a story and activity, some days include several activities and sometime poetry.  Many of these stories were written in the 1800’s and early 1900’s.  Some of the activities are songs, crafts, and games.

Here is a sample.     


Our Experience: 

We do not have any Thanksgiving traditions, because we never know where we will be for Thanksgiving, so I was excited to have the chance to review this book.  I know now we will have a tradition, reading and getting the most out of this e-book each year.

We have read and looked at a lot of these stories so far, but we are really going to start in earnest on the 14th day before Thanksgiving.  These stories, games, crafts, songs, and more, are perfect to help us develop a family tradition and come closer to God.  We will be able to learn the true meaning of Thanksgiving.

Mama’s Thoughts:

  • Amy Puetz puts so much effort into her products and Countdown to Thanksgiving is wonderful.  I have really enjoyed reading the stories with B and C.  I am impressed that she was able to find such high quality stories from long ago.  I really liked “Captain Christy’s Thanksgiving,” by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey, and “The Mother of Thanksgiving,” by Amy Puetz.  I have never heard of Sarah Josepha Hale, the mother of Thanksgiving.  She worked for the Godey’s Lady’s Book Magazine as the editor and was instrumental in keeping Thanksgiving alive as a holiday in our country. 
  • I know I have gotten away from the original meaning of Thanksgiving.  In the past few years I have been busy with other things around Thanksgiving, so our family has not taken the time to thank the Lord for what he has given us.  That is not good for B and C, because it make it harder for them to be thankful for things, when we do not make an effort to do that.  I am planning on using some of the activities and songs in this book on a weekly if not daily basis, so our family can be continuously thankful and in God.

B’s Thoughts (boy, age 10, officially in fourth grade):   

I liked Countdown to Thanksgiving.  I liked the soap making story.  I liked the “Thanksgiving game” in the story called “The Thanksgiving Goose,” by Fannie Wilder Brown.  I’m glad we can make our own Thanksgiving Proclamation. 

I would recommend this book to people of all ages. 

C’s Thoughts (girl, age 8, officially in third grade):

I liked Countdown to Thanksgiving.  It is really good, because you can learn all about Thanksgiving history.  It is good for people of all ages.

Mama highly recommends!

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I received a free copy of this product from Amy Puetz and Golden Prairie Press in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way.  All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

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