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An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Hardcover – September 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Ideals Children's Books (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824956206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824956202
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #729,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kindergarten-Grade 4-A picture-book adaptation of a classic holiday story that retains most of the major elements of the original, including Gram's misunderstood illness, the feigned bear attack, and the sisters' culinary foibles. While the adaptor's changes seem aimed at making the story more accessible to contemporary readers, this pared-down version unfortunately lacks the spirit of Alcott's creation. Dialogue has been edited to make it simpler and more straightforward, but much of the poetry and language of the time has been lost. Also missing are the subtle but realistic details and descriptions that create the sense of the era. Sprightly line-and-wash illustrations complement the theme of good humor and family love. The full-page spreads are framed in country patterned borders, which add to the feeling of nostalgic storytelling. Like the text, the illustrations are adequate, but lack richness and character. Michael McCurdy's version (Holiday, 1989) has more of the flavor of the original story, but offers less visual appeal to young children. A serviceable addition.
Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Wholesome, timely story. --Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bernardin's energetic paintings convey the warmth and love of a shared holiday event. --Publishers Weekly

A simple, old-fashioned look at family togetherness during the holiday. --School Library Journal

More About the Author

Louisa May Alcott was both an abolitionist and a feminist. She is best known for Little Women (1868), a semi-autobiographical account of her childhood years with her sisters in Concord, Massachusetts. Alcott, unlike Jo, never married: "... because I have fallen in love with so many pretty girls and never once the least bit with any man." She was an advocate of women's suffrage and was the first woman to register to vote in Concord, Massachusetts.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
This wholesome little book warms you from the inside with it's tale of the Bassett childrens' attempt to prepare Thanksgiving dinner while their mother and father are away. The hard work of the Bassett girls, some surprises, and only a few slight failures result in a memorable holiday for the Bassett family. Although rather short, this book is appropriate for people of all ages. An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving is a sweet story that will brighten a cold day for anyone from age five to age one-hundred.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Childs on November 29, 2008
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The author of "Little Women" gives us a heartwarming, homey tale of the Basset family, who were "poor in money, but rich in love." It's Thanksgiving Day, and the kitchen is full of the bustle of food preparations. Unexpectedly, a neighbor comes by to tell Mrs. Basset that her mother is ill, so Mr. Basset drives her away in the sleigh. Though the parents don't expect the children to prepare the Thanksgiving feast on their own, Tilly, the oldest, determines to give it a try. Things don't go smoothly in the kitchen, and many dishes are smelling a little odd as they cook, when two sleighs arrive, chock full of relatives! Grandma, it turns out, is fine, and she and aunts and uncles have come to feast at the Bassets. Though Tilly is embarrassed at the parts of the meal that didn't turn out too well, most is edible and much appreciated, and the home is filled with nourishing love and gratitude.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Book Lover on October 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
If holidays make you blue and Thanksgiving even more so, then read this delightfully innocent tale and feel a sense of gratitude again. It will bring out your inner child and let you feel vicariously all the love and nurturing within this charming tale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jsnyde on December 8, 2011
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I grew up loving Louisa May Alcott's books! A family member purchased the "An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving" movie for me last month. Although a few parts of the movie were a little strange (the Lord Byron statue!)I enjoyed it. I had never heard of the book, so I got right on Amazon to order it. Frankly, I am surprised that the movie was allowed to say that it was based on the book. While the movie is about a poor widow with three children who can't have a Thanksgiving meal, a rich grandmother who comes to visit after a letter, and a romance, the book is entirely different. It is a rather dull tale of how a large household of children have to partially prepare the dinner since their mother is called away when told the grandmother is ill. This is one book I should have left out of my collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christine McVearry on November 26, 2009
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This is a cute story book for young children, and the illustrations are GREAT, but please note that this is an adaptation of the original story. I ordered it without checking first, and was disappointed to find that out! I was looking for the original story. Still, I think my kids will enjoy it.
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