Thanksgiving in the Woods

Thanksgiving in the Woods


Every year a family and their friends gather in the woods to celebrate Thanksgiving among the trees. Everyone brings something to share and the day becomes a long celebration of family, faith, and friendship. Told in a gentle, lyrical style, this picture book includes warm illustrations of people gathered around bonfires and long tables adorned with candles and food, singing songs and sharing laughter.
Thanksgiving in the Woods is based on the true story of a family in Upstate New York who has hosted an outdoor Thanksgiving feast in the woods on their farm for over twenty years.
Phyllis Alsdurf is a writer, editor and former college journalism professor. She has enjoyed many Thanksgivings in the woods on her brother and sister-in-law’s farm in upstate New York. Her picture book “It’s Milking Time” (Random House, 2012) is based on her experiences growing up on a Minnesota dairy farm.

"A heartwarming autobiographical story of the kind of Thanksgiving that families and the planet can share with equal pleasure. Sure to find a home on every Thanksgiving-lover's holiday shelf." –Jane Yolen, author of Owl Moon and How Do Dinosaurs series

"Thanksgiving in the Woods captures the essence of the holiday and all the special activities and connections people share when they come together around the table." Lake Minnetonka Magazine

  • ISBN


  • Hardcover

    40 pages

  • Age

    Preschool (3-5 years); Early Grades (5-8 years)

  • Dimensions

    10 x 10

  • Publication Date

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017