Take Your Kids on an Adventure With Davy Crockett Kevin’s Book Recommendation for Read Across America Day
Every year on author Dr. Seuss' birthday, the National Education Association throws him a massive bash. They call it Read Across America Day, and their goal is to get kids more interested in reading. That means encouraging library visits, suggesting cool books, and reminding parents to read to their kids. Kevin, a book nerd through and through, has storytime covered — for his kids and yours! “In the last few months, our family has really gotten into Davy Crockett,” Kevin says. “I enjoy the history and the nostalgia, and the kids can’t help but smile when they hear about his adventures in the wild frontier.” Kevin’s book of choice for Read Across America Day this year is “Davy Crockett: A Life on the Frontier” by Stephen Krensky. It tells the tale of Davy Crockett’s life in a riveting, kid-friendly way. (If you have a teen at home, try suggesting “David Crockett: The Lion of the West” by Michael Wallis.) Davy Crockett is a real-life legend. He was an American soldier, crime-fighter, bear-wrangler, and politician who lived from 1786–1836. There are dozens of myths about Crockett — some stories say he weighed more than 200 pounds when he was born, or he literally caught a comet by the tail — but the truth is even more amazing.
After running away from home at 13, Crockett grew up to be a veteran of the Creek War and the War of 1812, serve in the Tennessee legislature, save the life of President Andrew Jackson, and become one of the last men standing at the Battle of the Alamo. His incredible story will keep you and your kids on the edge of your seats. You can pick up a copy of “Davy Crockett: A Life on the Frontier” for $4.99 on Amazon or check it out from your local library. Reading to your kids has
all kinds of benefits — it’s been shown to bring families closer together, improve kids’ listening skills and language development, and expand their vocabulary. Plus, it’s never too early to introduce an American hero! Get ready for Davy Crockett to be the imaginary friend at their next tea party.
English Ground Beef Pasties
Ingredients • 3/4 lb ground beef • 1 medium onion, diced • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced Directions 1. Preheat your oven to 400 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. In a large bowl, combine the beef, onion, and potatoes. 3. Roll out the pastry dough into roughly 10-inch circles or squares. 4. Spoon 1/2 of the beef mixture onto each sheet of dough, then top the mixture with parsley, salt, and pepper.
• 2 sheets store-bought puff pastry dough • 1 tsp dried parsley • Salt and pepper, to taste • 1/4 cup beef broth (as needed) 5. Fold the edges of the dough over the filling, pinching each pasty shut and tucking in both ends. 6. Transfer the pasties to the prepared baking sheet, then cut several small slits in each pasty for ventilation. Bake for 45 minutes. 7. Remove the pasties from the oven and reduce the heat to 350 F. Spoon 1 tsp beef broth into each slit, then bake for an additional 15 minutes.
8. Serve and enjoy!
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