Cranberry Thanksgiving


Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin is our Thanksgiving-themed featured book.

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This month we are inviting you to use Devlins’ book as a prompt to share a story about a Thanksgiving day from your past.   Do you remember a Thanksgiving where a special guest was invited?  Is there someone whose presence at the table meant Thanksgiving to you?  Is there a specific tradition or food item that you remember that you could share?   Remember, you are using this book, or another book you have chosen, as a prompt to share a personal story.  Don’t make your story too broad.  Leave another Thanksgiving memory-moment for next year’s storytelling gift.

Don’t miss Mary Byrne Kline’s upcoming “Love, Button” post and another podcast from Gil Moegerle, where they share two examples of family storytelling based on Cranberry Thanksgiving by the Devlins. Review

Today was Thanksgiving, Grandmother’s favorite day of the year. The cooking was done and her famous cranberry bread was cooling on the wooden board. Every year Grandmother invited a guest for dinner and allowed Maggie to do the same. “Ask someone poor or lonely,” she always said.

She wasn’t happy upon learning that Maggie had invited the unsavory Mr. Whiskers to dinner. Would her secret cranberry bread recipe be safe with him in the house?

After a long absence this delightful 1971 classic is back and so is the secret recipe for Grandmother’s Famous Cranberry Bread!


From the book, Cranberry Thanksgiving:

Maggie darted about like a black-stockinged bird, in search of wood for the fireplace. She and her grandmother lived at the edge of a lonely cranberry bog in New England, and the winds were cold at the edge of the sea. Today, Mr. Whiskers was helping Maggie with her chores and they soon had armfuls of firewood.

“Happy Thanksgiving Day, Mr. Whiskers.” Maggie smiled at her friend.

That wasn’t his real name of course. It was Uriah Peabody, but Maggie had called him Mr. Whiskers ever since she could remember. Maggie was very fond of Mr. Whispers. Her grandmother was not. “Too many whiskers and not enough soap,” she often said to Maggie.

Another illustration to enjoy.



Consider making cranberry bread after reading Cranberry Thanksgiving and sharing your own story.  Some readers used their own recipes as they found the one in the book more cake-like than a moist bread.   I’m trying it for the first time in two weeks… I’ll let you know!   If you have a best-ever cranberry bread recipe, please share it with us so we can spread the word.   Thanks!


Deni Corbett

CLICK HERE for a delightful Chalk Art Tutorial from You ARE and Artist.
Learn how to create Mr. Whiskers himself (in 5 minutes)!
Many thanks to Tricia Hodges for giving us permission to post her tutorial here.


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