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The Thanksgiving Visitor
     

The Thanksgiving Visitor

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by Truman Capote, Beth Peck (Illustrator)
 

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Illustrated in full color. Another masterpiece by the great American writer Truman Capote is brought to an audience of all ages. Buddy and his closest friend, his eccentric, elderly cousin, Miss Sook - the memorable characters from Capote's A Christmas Memory—love preparing their old country house for Thanksgiving. But there's trouble in the air. Odd

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Illustrated in full color. Another masterpiece by the great American writer Truman Capote is brought to an audience of all ages. Buddy and his closest friend, his eccentric, elderly cousin, Miss Sook - the memorable characters from Capote's A Christmas Memory—love preparing their old country house for Thanksgiving. But there's trouble in the air. Odd Henderson, a scrawny, freckled, red-headed bully makes Buddy the target of his relentless torment. But Miss Sook only counsels patience and understanding, "He can't help acting ugly; he doesn't know any different," she says. Filled with emotions that are universal to both young readers and adults, this poignant story brings to life what we all should cherish and be thankful for—the gifts of friendship and love. Enchanting illustrations by Beth Peck make The Thanksgiving Visitor a perfect companion for the holiday bookshelf.  

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With Peck's wistful, muted paintings, Capote's brilliantly polished reminiscence makes a moving holiday read-aloud for older children. Buddy, the narrator, tells of the Thanksgiving that his eccentric spinster cousin invited Odd Henderson, the school bully, for dinnerknowing full well how Odd had tormented Buddy. Without a drop of schmaltz, Capote explores issues of graciousness, compassion and forgiveness. Replacing the watercolor and ink medium she used for her illustrations of Capote's A Christmas Memory (1989) with more substantial oils, Peck retains the previous work's fluidity and emotional appeal. A natural holiday centerpiece. All ages. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 1-6-Those familiar with Capote's A Christmas Memory (Knopf, 1989) need no introduction to Buddy and his elderly cousin, Miss Sook. When Miss Sook convinces him to invite Odd Henderson, his classmate and tormentor, to Thanksgiving dinner, the holiday takes a wrong turn that eventually gives Buddy a new understanding of some of the complexities and ambiguities of life. This story is meant to be read aloud, and Capote's elegant and precise Southern voice is very much in evidence. His wonderfully vivid figures of speech (a tub of chrysanthemums is "...heavier than forty fat pirates") and his formal tone will appeal to youngsters who are ready for a more sophisticated experience. Peck's paintings enhance the overall mood and create a sense of time and place. Her depictions of people are especially good; using only the sketchiest details she conveys character and gesture with authenticity. Pair this with A Christmas Memory and offer both books to families looking to add something special to their holidays.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679838982
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/17/1996
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.64(w) x 10.57(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
6 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

New Orleans native Truman Capote (1924-1984) was one of the most prominent American authors of the postwar era whose best-known books include the novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s (the basis for the 1961 film) and his nonfiction masterpiece In Cold Blood. Capote won the O. Henry Memorial Short Story Prize twice and was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. For a time, he and Harper Lee were neighbors in Monroeville, Alabama.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 30, 1924
Date of Death:
August 25, 1984
Place of Birth:
New Orleans, Louisiana
Place of Death:
Los Angeles, California
Education:
Trinity School and St. John's Academy in New York City and Greenwich High School in Connecticut

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The Thanksgiving Visitor 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
miss_dobie More than 1 year ago
A beautiful, heartwarming story suitable for everyone, including young readers, by a master storyteller.