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by Jacqueline Jules

illustrated by Kathryn Mitter


From School Library Journal:

Grade 1–3—In school, Tuyet constructs a pinecone turkey and learns about Thanksgiving. At home, the child is dismayed because her mother is serving a family recipe from Vietnam of duck with spicy sauce instead of a traditional dinner. She counts her money to see if she has enough to buy a turkey, and then learns that the Saigon Supermarket where they shop does not sell it. Tuyet sets her pinecone creation beside her plate, so there will be a turkey on the Thanksgiving table. She enjoys a wonderful dinner “with lots of good food and family fun” and even has seconds of the delicious duck. Her worries return when she has to admit to her class that she did not eat turkey for the holiday. To her surprise, her classmates chime in with the alternative dishes they had on their tables. This sweet tale is written in straightforward prose and provides a brief glimpse of another culture. Mitter’s bright illustrations accented with cozy details draw readers into Tuyet’s happy home and enhance the story’s heartwarming message.—Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
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1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, Ages 4-8, Cultural Differences, Food and Drink, Holiday, Vietnamese-American