The Thanksgiving Visitor by Truman Capote

This is a nostalgic look at Thanksgiving in 1932 told from the viewpoint of 9-year-old Buddy. Growing up in a small Alabama town, Buddy's best friends are his dog Queenie and his 60-year-old cousin, Miss Sook. His friendship with Miss Sook is put to the test when she insists on inviting the school bully, Odd Henderson, to Thanksgiving dinner. Through this experience, Buddy learns the importance of suspending judgment and extending forgiveness.

Most children can relate to the story of a bully, whether as the victim or even as being the bully themselves. Buddy's experience helps him see both sides to such a difficult situation. Miss Sook's example shows all readers the power of kindness and the magic of sharing. Younger children can relate to Buddy's point of view, but older readers will appreciate the excellent writing and valuable life lessons. This short story is perfect for reading out loud together after a good feast.

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