A Plump and Perky Turkey

by Catherine Johnson, @CatherinePoet

It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday which the lovely Susanna Leonard Hill started and now has a wonderful resource for librarians, teachers and readers alike. Check it out here.
And now for some Thanksgiving fun!

A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman and illustrated by Jeff Shelly

Suitable for: All ages
Themes/Topics: Thanksgiving of course! Looking at a problem in a new way.

Opening:
The people in Squawk Valley were downhearted and depressed.
Thanksgiving was approaching, but without its special guest.
They couldn’t find a turkey for the feast they’d planned to eat.
It looked like they’d be making do with bowls of shredded wheat.

Synopsis:
When the people of Squawk Valley find themselves without a turkey for their Thanksgiving feast, they plot a way to lure one into town: They’ll advertise for a “model” turkey to pose during an arts-and-crafts fair, and gobble the bird when they’ve finished the artwork. But they don’t plan on meeting up with Pete—a turkey so clever, he outsmarts them all!

Activities: LittleChompers ideas, Fun Turkey games specifically about this book, more Turkey fun.

I adored this fun Thanksgiving book but I can’t leave you without showing you Mike Allegra’s book too. A very special look at how Thanksgiving came about. Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

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34 thoughts on “A Plump and Perky Turkey

  1. Catherine, this looks like a great Thanksgiving book! By the way — the link you posted on Susanna’s blog isn’t working– you might want to update it or list it again. (There were two https in the link.)

  2. I’m so glad that your link now works from Susanna’s site, because I wouldn’t have wanted to miss this one! Sounds like great fun!

    Have you read The Julie Andrews Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies? There’s a poem in there called “The Turkey Shot Out of the Oven” — can’t remember who it’s by — it is hilarious.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Happy Thanksgiving, Catherine! Because I know lots of people in Canada, does that mean I can celebrate Thanksgiving twice…and have twice as much turkey, stuffing and candied yams? :)
    Great rhyme to this PPBF choice…I love it…would love to get a copy of it to read!

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