By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: October 28, 2009
Although there is no concrete evidence that Turkey was eaten at “The First Thanksgiving Feast”, Thanksgiving would not be the same without our gobbling friend. If you’re looking for a light way to connect your littlest pilgrim to the simplest symbol of this thankful holiday, I suggest you feast on the following books:
by Tony Johnston (Author), Rich Deas (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 0-6
Board book: 28 pages
Publisher: Cartwheel Books; Brdbk edition (August 1, 2009)
TCBR analysis: A comical, backwards countdown from 10, for the youngest readers. Bright and entertaining illustrations.
Publisher’s synopsis: “Looky!” says a silly turkey swinging from a vine. Gobble gobble wibble wobble.Whoops! Now there are nine.Girls and boys will gobble up this hilarious story about ten goofy turkeys and their silly antics: swinging from a vine, strutting on a boar, doing a noodle dance, and more. Veteran author Tony Johnston has written a joyful text, which first-time illustrator Richard Deas brings to life as wild and wacky fun!
Add this book to your collection: 10 Fat Turkey’s
by Jim Arnosky
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 Rei/Dig edition (September 1, 2009)
TCBR analysis: Witty rhyme offers readers a fun perspective on the personality and lifestyle of a turkey.
Publisher’s synopsis: As he did in GOBBLE IT UP!, Jim Arnosky has created a charming picture book from a catchy, spoken-word song that is a favorite in schools everywhere. This humorous song, filled with factual information about turkeys is fun for Thanksgiving — and all year around!
This will make a great combination with Jim Arnosky’s All About Turkeys.
Download of I’m a Turkey is available on ((xxx.scholastic.com))
Here is a sample verse:
I’m a turkey.
They call me Tom.
I’ve got a turkey dad
And a turkey mom.
I’ve got turkey brothers
And sisters, too.
I’m part of a flock of 102–
Listen to this book: https://www.scholastic.com/browse/book.jsp?id=1275168
Add this book to your collection: I’m A Turkey
by Hans Wilhelm
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Cartwheel Books (September 1, 2009)
TCBR analysis: Simple text that is packed with giggles. Sure to bring smiles to beginning readers.
Publisher’s synopsis: It’s Thanksgiving, and Noodles wants to join the fun. But Noodles doesn’t like his part in the holiday parade: he doesn’t want to be the Thanksgiving turkey! Noodles tries to be creative. He finds a clever solution to his problem and leads the parade–by turning his costume’s tail feathers into a proud chief’s headdress!
This funny Level 1 story is perfect for beginning readers.
Add this book to your collection: Noodles: I’m No Turkey