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Thanksgiving treat
Stock, Catherine.
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First Aladdin Paperbacks edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Aladdin Paperbacks, 1993.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm
There seems to be no place for the smallest child in a family's busy preparations for Thanksgiving, until Grandpa steps in and they perform a vital task everyone else has forgotten.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Current Holiday Item Childrens Area-Holiday
PIC.BK. Juvenile Current Holiday Item Childrens Area-Holiday

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Join one special family as they get together to create some tasty Thanksgiving treats in this charming holiday story.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, everyone is very busy. Grandma is stuffing the turkey. Dad is chopping firewood. The cousins are shucking corn. But the youngest member of the family fells left out. He has nothing to do! Until Grandpa has an idea, and invites him along to share in the most special Thanksgiving treat ever!

Author Notes

Catherine Stock was born in Stockholm, Sweden on November 26, 1952. She received a bachelor's degree in fine art from the University of Cape Town, a post graduate certificate in education from the University of London, and a master's degree in communications science from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. After she worked as an art director for several publishing houses including Putnam, Coward McCann, Atheneum, and Clarion for four years, she decided to become a freelance illustrator and write children's books. She illustrated numerous books including Galimoto by Karen Lynne Williams, By the Dawn's Early Light by Karen Ackerman, and Doll Baby by Eve Bunting. She has also written and illustrated several books including A Very Important Day, Where Are You Going Manyoni?, Sophie's Bucket, and Island Summer.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 3-5. Stock covers the holiday season with three books that contain simple yet appealing messages. In Christmas Time, a little girl enjoys the anticipatory activities, such as choosing a tree and baking cookies, that make Christmas so much fun. In Halloween Monster, a young black boy isn't as excited about the holiday as he should be--he's scared! But once he has on his own monster suit, he gets into the swing of things. Thanksgiving Treat features a young boy who wants to help with the day's preparations, but everyone seems to think he's in the way. Not Grandpa, though; he finds the perfect job for the boy--picking up chestnuts for roasting. These books take the time to appreciate the small moments that go into making holidays memorable, and they are also strong on extolling family relationships. Stock's gauzy watercolors are nicely drawn, featuring equal measures of mood and action. The trio is well designed, too, with festive wraparound dust jackets and stop-and-look endpapers. ~--Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

Tommy enjoys the pleasures of autumn, such as playing in piles of leaves and carving pumpkins, but the prospect of encountering witches and ghosts on Halloween frightens him. When he confides his fears to his mother, she assures him that the only witches or ghosts he is likely to see will be children in disguise. After she helps him make a monster costume, he joins his friend and his friend's father for an evening of trick-or-treating. Stock handles Tommy's fears with a sensitive touch. His concerns are neither belittled nor blown out of proportion, but rather Stock shows a respectful understanding of the apprehension children can feel when faced with the unknown. Soft watercolor illustrations depict a wide-eyed, beguiling black child learning to conquer his feelings of uncertainty with the help of a loving parent. In Thanksgiving Treat , the young protagonist feels left out when the older children and grown-ups busily prepare for the annual feast. His grandfather saves the day by inviting the red-haired boy to gather chestnuts with him. The theme of feeling left out by virtue of age will certainly appeal to many children, but the idealized holiday backdrop obscures the message. Stock's lovely watercolors suggest a family so perfect that it is hard to believe its members would be insensitive to the needs of their youngest relative. --Anna DeWind, Milwaukee Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.