Saturday, November 3, 2012

"An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving" by Louisa May Alcott (Review & Giveaway)

Most girls have grown up reading Little Women and possibly other books by famed author, Louisa May Alcott.  She wrote beloved tales of life and holds an esteemed place in the hall of famous authors and trail blazers.  Today we're going to look at a children's very short adaptation of Miss Alcott's story in picture book form - An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott published by Ideal Books.

ISBN-13: 9780824956202
Ages 4-8
About the book: A sweet and humorous Thanksgiving tale from the beloved author of Little Women. When the Bassett parents are called away in the midst of busy preparations for Thanksgiving dinner, the children are left in the care of their eldest siblings. The spirited young Tilly and Eph, along with their merry band of siblings, decide to forge ahead with a Thanksgiving feast, despite their limited culinary skills. After a haphazard day full of the unintentional use of catnip, a run-in with a questionable bear, and other hijinks, the family is finally able to reunite for a truly old-fashioned good time. Lively watercolors add to the humor and delight of this tale of a Thanksgiving feast that almost wasn't.

My thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed reading this shortened version of An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving. The illustrations are charming and speak volumes to the character of the individuals in the story - what they are thinking, what they are feeling, and how they are behaving.  The artist uses bright bold colors as well as soft hues to bring realism and vibrancy to the story.

As usual, a tale told by Miss Alcott is a good read at any age.  This little book is a good introduction to Miss Alcott's writings for the young reader.  Perhaps it will leave them hankering for a more thorough reading of this particular story (see link below) as well as full volumes of Miss Alcott's works.

I encourage you to get your young child reading the classics and here is a good starting point.

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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was received and opinions expressed are solely my own. I was not required to render a positive review.


  1. A Thanksgiving memory that I hold dear is when my father-in-law and Grandparents were alive and our first child was small. she was sitting in her high chair at the end of the table and being the only little one in the family, they laughed at everything she did. it made them feel young again. thank you!

  2. Thanks so much for linking up this giveaway post to the Kid Lit Blog Hop! I love Miss Alcott, myself. I think I was in middle school when I first read Little Women. Love it!

  3. A memeory I have from every Thanksgiving is my grandma always cooked all day and every year her turkey was very dry. Now she is not with us anymore I am going to miss it.

  4. I love Thanksgiving because I get to be with my family! And, I tell GOD again on that day How thankful for all of the wonders HE has given us to enjoy. And, for the many blessings in our family.
    Maxie Anderson

  5. I left a comment here:

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  6. Having dinner at my grandparents house when they were still with us.

  7. we have a turkey exchange of the ugliest turkey we can find. Then we hide it at the host house.

  8. I left a comment at: (Corey Olomon)

  9. I loved when my grandparents would come to our house for Thanksgiving. I loved waking up to the smell of turkey! Thanks for doing this giveaway!

  10. This looks like a terrific read. I'd love to win for my kiddos!

  11. Thank you for the chance to win this great book for my children!

  12. We found this Alcott book on Librivox last year and really enjoyed listening to the audio version. I had never encountered it before that. A delightful story, for sure! Thanks so much for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday!


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