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An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Hardcover – September 1, 2010
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From School Library Journal
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.
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
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The book measures 9 ¼ inches by 9 ¾ inches and has 37 pages. Beautiful water colored illustrations by Jody Wheeler enhance the story by imparting the feel and spirit of a family Thanksgiving of long ago. There are twelve full page full color plates within the book's 37 pages. Every page also contains beautiful half page, and quarter page illustrations.
Amidst the busy Thanksgiving preparations up in the hills of New Hampshire many years ago, the Basset family's enthusiasm and excitement is dimmed by news that Grandma's health was failing fast. The Thanksgiving preparations are interrupted as Mom and Pa and Baby prepare to leave to visit Grandma. The Basset children are left alone to take care of themselves. It is the day before Thanksgiving and the children have a good time keeping the fire roaring and keeping house. The Basset children awake the next morning with excitement because it is Thanksgiving Day. Their mother and father told them that Father would return by Thanksgiving nightfall. Tilly, the oldest daughter, busily prepares to make a Thanksgiving feast complete with turkey and all the trimmings to surprise Father on his return. Tilly and her brothers and sisters have a haphazard day preparing the meal by using catnip and wormwood in their stuffing mix instead of sweet marjoram and summer savory. To compound things even further, Tilly prepares a plum pudding but forgets the sugar and salt. In addition to the cooking mistakes, the children encounter a bear while sledding. The bear chases them into the house and the children are about to shoot the bear when something extremely ironic and exciting happens. You will want to read the book to find out about the bear. You will also want to read about the arrival of the Basset children's father and the surprise he brings with him on Thanksgiving night.
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