The Thanksgiving Door
By Debby Atwell
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Library Binding, 9780618240364, 32pp.)
Publication Date: September 2003
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
When Ed and Ann’s turkey dinner burns, they think their Thanksgiving is ruined. But what appears to be a disaster becomes a blessing in disguise when Ed and Ann unknowingly intrude on an immigrant family’s own Thanksgiving celebration at their new restaurant, The New World Café. Once Grandmother silences her despairing family and invites the unexpected customers to join them, they all share an evening of friendship, good food, and lots of dancingreminding everyone that Thanksgiving is about opening one’s heart in welcome to the strangers who become friends and the disappointments that bring unexpected joys.
Debby Atwell is a well-known landscape painter and the author and illustrator of River, Barn, and Pearl. Barn earned a starred review from School Library Journal and was named a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year in 1996. Pearl also received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. Ms. Atwell lives in Maine.
"Atwell's folkloric illustrations are colorful and energetic." Kirkus Reviews
"A fine addition to holiday collections and for those looking for immigrant stories." --School Library Journal
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