Louisa May Alcott: The Christmas Stories


24 Festive Tasks: Door 11 – Thanksgiving, Book:

Read a book with an autumnal cover, set in New England, where a turkey shows up in the story, with a turkey or pumpkin on the cover, or with the theme of coming together to help a community or family in need.

Much of a muchness, but it’s unquestionably a book that fits the book task for this square — people being kind and charitable to the poor; especially to darling little children who are bearing their own poverty with preternatural meekness and patience.  Bottom line, if you’ve read the Christmas episode from Little Women, which of course is contained in this collection as well, you’ve read the basic model for about 3/4 of the other stories, too … and given the semi-autobiographical background of Little Women, you’ve then also read by far the most authentic expression of the theme.

That said, a sizeable portion of these stories are also either explicitly or implicitly set in New England (Boston and elsewhere), AND in at least one of them a turkey makes a fairly prominent appearance.  So I’d say we’re well and truly within the parameters of the Thanksgiving square book task.

 

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