Follows the activities of seven children in nineteenth-century New England as they prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday while Mother is away caring for Grandmother.
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Legendary author Louisa May Alcott, born in 1832, penned classics such as Little Women and Little Men. This lighthearted story was first published in St. Nicholas magazine in 1881 and carries the typical Alcott humor and charm. Jody Wheeler's interest in children's books developed at an early age, having been encouraged by her great-aunt Opal Wheeler, a prolific writer of books for young readers in the 1950s. Jody turned to the field of publishing, where she worked in children's books for two years before establishing a freelance illustration business. Since then, Jody has worked on a variety of projects, ranging from picture books to greeting cards.From School Library Journal:
Grade 4-5-- When their parents are called away to care for an ailing grandmother, seven children continue preparations for the family's Thanksgiving meal, hoping to surprise and cheer their parents on their return. And although the plum pudding is rock-hard and the turkey stuffing bitter, the children's efforts are appreciated, and the holiday gathering is enjoyed by all. A high-spirited, good-humored account of a rural, 19th-century New Hampshire Thanksgiving, this story demonstrates Alcott's belief that health, hard work, and cheery good will are of greater value than wealth and position. Her description of children gives the impression that she both understood and liked them. This new edition is handsome, both in layout and in illustration. McCurdy's nine, colored-wood engravings are arresting, and are in great contrast to Holly Johnson's many, homey drawings done for an earlier edition (Lippincott, 1974). Johnson's drawings are perhaps more in keeping with the realistic and homespun nature of Alcott's story, but there's much pleasure to be had in the fine quality of McCurdy's artwork. --Cynthia Bishop, Onondaga County Public Library, Syracuse, NY
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Book Description HarperCollins, 2005. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060004517