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THE THANKSGIVING DOOR by Debby Atwell

THE THANKSGIVING DOOR

By Debby Atwell (Author) , Debby Atwell (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 29th, 2003
ISBN: 0-618-24036-5
Publisher: Walter Lorraine/Houghton Mifflin

In this sweet but slight story that conveys the true meaning of Thanksgiving, Atwell brings together two disparate families—pilgrims in their own way—for a celebratory feast. Ed and Ann have no choice but to try the new local restaurant when Ann burns their Thanksgiving dinner. To the distress of the children in the Eastern European immigrant family who own the place, the elderly couple saunter in the open door unannounced and uninvited to what the kids hoped would be a private family party. Grandma won’t hear of anyone being turned away, however, and soon Ed and Ann are shown to the best seats at the table, embraced by the whole family, and dance the night away. “Thanksgiving door,” says Grandma, “is like happy heart, opened up big and wide.” Atwell’s folkloric illustrations are colorful and energetic. A somewhat different dish for the Thanksgiving table. (Picture book. 4-8)