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Katie Saves Thanksgiving
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Reviewed Titles Print Book Supported by Capstone Interactive Accelerated Reader
Katie Woo

Katie Saves Thanksgiving

by Fran Manushkin
Illustrated by Tammie Lyon

Pedro's and JoJo's families are on their way to Katie's house for Thanksgiving dinner. But they get stuck in a snowstorm, and the Woos' oven suddenly breaks. Katie wonders what kind of Thanksgiving it will be without sweet potatoes, pie, and most of all, friends.

GenreRealistic Fiction
Reading LevelGrades K-2
Interest LevelGrades K-2
Lexile Level500L
ATOS Level2.3
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #138149
PublisherPicture Window Books
BrandKatie Woo
Page Dimensions6" x 9"
Page Count32
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $22.65 School/Library Price

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School Library Journal - Sarah Provence

"In Katie Saves Thanksgiving , the second grader’s guests are stuck in the snow and the family oven goes on the fritz. Fortunately, while shoveling her neighbor’s walk, Katie learns that the woman will be all alone for the holiday, and her oven works just fine. In No Valentines , Katie’s teacher has the students draw names, asks them to make a valentine for that person, and to include a compliment. Katie becomes so involved in making her valentine for the new student in her class that she forgets to put her name and the boy’s valentine in the box. The compliments are then exchanged verbally, and they become friends. Each page features a colorful illustration and large-print, short sentences. The stories have a message without being heavy-handed, using simple language and incidents relevant to students’ lives. Each book includes discussion questions and a craft or baked item to make." - School Library Journal

March 1, 2011

Substitutes, FTW! blog - Veronica Chase

"When I was growing up, it was quite a task to find a book series featuring a female protagonist who was not white. Ramona Quimby, Nancy Drew, the Sweet Valley Twins, 95% of the Babysitter’s Club, etc. were all white. They are wonderful books and children from any race can read and enjoy stories about these characters, but I wondered what young black, Hispanic, Asian, and other races lost when they got few chances to read books about characters that look like them. If any race can read and love Ramona, shouldn’t they all be given the chance to read and relate to a black character, or an Asian one? Why don’t publishers make more of these books? Tough we are aware of the reasons why it’s important for students to read books like this, there is still a paucity of books available that spotlight racially diverse characters. Nevertheless, there are now a lot more options for young readers. I love seeing girls with their noses in books, and I was struck when I saw girls of all races reading two series starring diverse female protagonists: Katie Woo and Dyamonde Daniel . Katie Woo is an award-winning series for young readers. Katie’s series contains short sentences and nice illustrations for students just beginning chapter books. Her covers are as vivid and inviting as her stories! Katie is in first grade and she’s had to deal with the loss of a beloved pet , a bully and lying . I love that likeable series features an Asian protagonist, though it is sadly one of the few I’ve ever seen that does so." - Substitutes, FTW! blog

June 11, 2011

Good Family Reads Blog - Jacque

"Katie Woo is a cute 6 year old in the first grade. She has a ton of adventures and in this book, she just so happens to help save Thanksgiving. As in our area, snow is often possible during the season and a power outage isn't out of the question. Katie learns to help others and saves Thanksgiving in the process. I love these Capstone books. This one is so age appropriate and could be read by a beginning reader with a little help. This is especially great for the young reader who has older siblings and are reading series, they can now have their own series to collect. Like the other Capstone books I have reviewed, this one has discussion questions, a glossary, a recipe and a website to go and meet Katie and her friends online. Katie is a very cute Asian/American and I can't wait to have my daughter read more of these great books! The Thanksgiving book even teaches a bit about the first Thanksgiving before diving into the adventure. The author lives in New York and writes with the help of her two cats and Katie is a more mischievous version of her great-niece, Katie Woo. Another 7 out of 7... rush out and get this to share with your little reader for Thanksgiving!" - Good Family Reads Blog

November 24, 2010


Children's Literature - Dawna Lisa Buchanan

"Katie and her father discuss the Pilgrims and the Thanksgiving tradition while they wait for friends to come over, but they start to worry when the snow starts to fall heavily. Then Katie's mom discovers that the stove is not working. JoJo and Pedro call Katie from their car, where they are stuck and waiting for a tow truck. Katie and her dad go outside to shovel snow, and Katie decides to shovel off the neighbor, Mrs. West's sidewalk. Mrs. West, who has cooked a feast in anticipation of her own family's arrival, is saddened when she learns the snow has caused flight delays. When JoJo and Pedro finally arrive, Katie invites Mrs. West (and her dinner) to their house for Thanksgiving. Three short chapters employ simple, repetitive language that will appeal to young readers, and Lyon's cheerful, watercolor cartoon images highlight the action in every page. End pages include notes and photos of both author and illustrator; a glossary; discussion questions; writing prompts; a simple recipe for "Pilgrim cookies" and an invitation to a website with more activities. The book would make a good holiday gift or could be used for several short classroom lessons. 2011, Picture Window Books, Ages 5 to 8, $3.95 and $14.39." - Children's Literature

November 1, 2010

Fran Manushkin

Fran Manushkin

Fran Manushkin is the author of many popular picture books, including Baby, Come Out!; Latkes and Applesauce: A Hanukkah Story; The Tushy Book; The Belly Book; and Big Girl Panties. There is a real Katie Woo — she's Fran's great-niece — but she never gets in half the trouble of the Katie Woo in the books. Fran writes on her beloved Mac computer in New York City, without the help of her two naughty cats, Chaim and Goldy.

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