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Thanksgiving Books for Young Children: All About Turkey

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Turkey is the main dish for most families on Thanksgiving, and is also a main float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Why was turkey chosen as the bird for Thanksgiving? Who knows? Even so, turkeys are silly birds that gobble and wobble. They are also featured in multiple children’s books during the Thanksgiving season, and there is no better time to read about turkey than during Thanksgiving.

10 Fat Turkeys

10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston, is a funny book that kids will love to read year around. This book features “ten fat turkeys, sitting on a fence.” Each turkey decides to do something silly, such as roller skate or swing “on a vine.” One by one the turkeys do their own thing, and the book counts down the turkeys until there are “no more turkeys, and no more fence.” However, the turkeys come back in the end to fool around again.

Throughout the book, the words, “gobble, gobble, wibble, wobble,” are used. Children will laugh, and have a blast saying this phrase. The illustrations are great. Each page has pictures of the turkeys as they get into trouble doing silly things, and each paragraph has the number highlighted. This way, children will learn to recognize the numbers 1-10, while listening to the story of these silly turkeys.

This is an easy to read, rhyming book. Parents and children will enjoy it, and it is highly recommended for Thanksgiving.

A Plump and Perky Turkey

A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman and Jeff Shelly is another funny turkey tale. Turkey Pete is used in a town’s plan to trap the plumpest turkey around, and take him in for Thanksgiving. Pete, responds to the town ad for a much needed turkey to be used in the town’s “art and craft” show. The townspeople create images of turkey’s, using Pete (who is very proud) as the example, out of lots of items including food. Just when it seems like Pete might end up as the feast, he makes his escape with the rest of his turkey buddies.

The book is good. The illustrations are very good, lots of autumn color, and Thanksgiving themed pictures. The paragraphs rhyme, and the story is cute. Children will enjoy this book, and watching Pete and his friends escape the townspeople’s Thanksgiving ploy.

Turkey Trouble

Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano, is another silly book that children will have fun reading. The book features, Turkey, who is afraid of becoming the centerpiece for his owners Thanksgiving feast. He decides to disguise himself as other farm animals. He first becomes a horse, but cow notices him. So, turkey tries to be a cow, but pig notices him. Turkey tries to fit in with all the other animals, but is noticed every time. Finally, he tries to be the rooster. Then, oh no! What if the family cannot find the turkey, would they eat rooster for Thanksgiving instead?

As his owner searches for him, turkey comes up with a better plan, and saves his feathers (and the roosters) from being plucked. The story is very good, and children will have fun trying to find the turkey as he disguises himself throughout the book. The pictures are great, and the turkey is as silly as can be. This is a great Thanksgiving read.

The Turkey Ball

The Turkey Ball by David Steinberg, is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. The book rhymes and there are colorful illustrations by Liz Conrad on every page. The turkey’s meet and great each other with, “gobble, gobble,” and then they prepare to go to the event of the year, “the turkey ball.” All the turkeys are dressed to impress, and ready to have fun. This is a board book, very easy to read, and a great introduction to silly turkey’s for toddlers.

All of these books are available at libraries and bookstores worldwide. They are also available at Amazon, and will put a smile on everyone’s face. Have a Happy Thanksgiving, and enjoy some good Thanksgiving reading.

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