BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: The Memory Cupboard, A Thanksgiving Story by Charlotte Herman

TITLE: The Memory Cupboard

AUTHOR: Charlotte Herman


PUBLISHER: Albert Whitman & Co, 2003


For Katie, nothing compares to Thanksgiving at Grandma’s. There are the aunts and uncles, whom Katie loves to see each year. But a cherished object is broken at dinner, and Katie blames herself for spoiling the day.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : This time of year brings back many childhood memories. The rest of the year was pretty hard, but once Halloween was in the air, I knew my mother would be pulling out all the stops to bring a little holiday cheer to our home. Just like in this story, there was a turkey platter that always made it to the table, and a gravy boat that was in my mother’s family for generations. I’m sure there are many families that can relate to this girl’s story. Traveling during the holidays. A house full of relatives she hasn’t seen in a year. A grandmother to love on her. But when there is an accident during the Thanksgiving meal, she discovers there is much more to those holiday visits than a roasted turkey or the family gravy bowl. Focusing on loving memories and family makes this book a wonderful addition to any library!

RATING: ***** 5 Stars *****


1 star…probably not worth your time.

2 stars…there are some things to like, but could elements have been stronger.

3 stars…this story will appeal to some readers but others might find it lacking something.

4 stars…strong story, nice illustrations, and should grab the attention of many readers.

5 stars…superbly written story, stellar illustrations, a must addition to any book lovers’ collection!



Jack is afraid of the THING in the closet. Monty is afraid of the LUMP in the bed. One day boy and monster both decide they no longer want to fear what hides in the dark. Both have a plan, but will be surprised by what they discover after A BUMP IN THE NIGHT.

Hybrid published author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of flash fiction, children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna offers occasional BOOK NOOK REVIEWS of great children’s books and offers WRITERLY WISDOM to new and established writers. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Alliance of Independent Authors, and Children’s Book Insider. Donna loves dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection.

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