Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Teresa Bateman
Illustrator: Jeff Shelly
Publisher: Turtleback Book
What would Thanksgiving be without a mouthwatering turkey on the table? The people of Squawk Valley would prefer not to find out, but all nearby turkeys have gone in to hiding. The town decides to do a turkey art festival and to advertise for a turkey model. It’s a clever plan. Sure enough, a plump and perky turkey answers the call. But this poser may have a plan of his own that he is keeping close to his plump turkey breast.
This story is silly and enchanting with a twist in the end. What's not to love about this mouthwatering story? The well-meaning townsfolk don't quite get what they were after, but it appears that everyone is able to celebrate Thanksgiving in the end. The illustrations are comical and add to the humor of the story with bright colors and clever turkey art mediums portrayed. It is amazing how many ways there are to recreate the shape of the feathered fowl. Read this fun story while you wait for the temperature thingy to pop on your own less fortunate bird.