The Memory Cupboard: A Thanksgiving Story

The Memory Cupboard: A Thanksgiving Story

by Charlotte Herman, Ben F. Stahl
     
 

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For Katie, nothing compares to Thanksgiving at Grandma's. There are the aunts and uncles, whom Katie loves to see each year. But a cherished object is broken at dinner, and Katie blames herself for spoiling the day.

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For Katie, nothing compares to Thanksgiving at Grandma's. There are the aunts and uncles, whom Katie loves to see each year. But a cherished object is broken at dinner, and Katie blames herself for spoiling the day.

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"A pleasant addition to holiday collections."

School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly
When Katie breaks the gravy boat (a childhood gift from Katie's mother to her grandmother) while clearing the Thanksgiving table, her grandmother shows Katie a "memory cupboard" crammed with other meaningful broken objects. Herman's (the Max Malone books) message focuses on forgiveness-stressing that people matter more than things-but the slow, stilted narrative serves only to deliver the moral, not to develop the characters. Stahl (The St. Patrick's Day Shillelagh) portrays a certain warmth between Katie and her grandmother, but the other characters look stiff, the compositions static. Ages 6-9. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
How wonderful to see a contemporary book that has a family traveling by train to visit grandma for Thanksgiving. Once there, the family is welcomed by all of their distant relatives. The snow is falling on this Thanksgiving holiday so we can only assume that the setting is in the Midwest or even further west. Grandma keeps track of her young granddaughter's activities and we see the letters and drawing posted in the kitchen. The family has a great time with its traditions and remembrances. One of the items of great interest is the gravy boat with its blue flowers. Katie hears the story of how her mother and uncle broke their piggy banks to buy the gravy boat as a Mother's Day present. Imagine how Katie feels when that gravy boat slips from her fingers and shatters into pieces. Grandma however, shares a secret and readers and Katie learn about the Memory Cupboard and what is really important in a family. The pictures are realistic and contemporary and the story is a warm intergenerational one that should resonate with most kids. 2003, Albert Whitman, Ages 5 to 8.
— Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-A sweet, simple story with a heartwarming message. When Katie visits Grandma for Thanksgiving, she accidentally breaks her cherished gravy boat. As Katie bursts out crying, her grandmother quickly whisks her away to the guest room where she keeps her "memory cupboard," a special place full of beloved things that have become worn out or broken through the years. Each item has a story, and Grandma's loving reassurance comforts the child and allows her to see that things may get broken, but granddaughters are forever. Realistic acrylic illustrations depict a loving family happy to be gathering at Grandma's. A pleasant addition to holiday collections.-Teri Markson, Stephen S. Wise Temple Elementary School, Los Angeles Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807550557
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Edition description:
Library Binding
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 8.86(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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