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Beauty and the Beaks: A Turkey's Cautionary Tale School & Library Binding – August 10, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 540L (What's this?)
  • School & Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (August 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823419908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823419906
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 2–4—Wonderfully creative handmade characters and sets are the highlight of this over-the-top chicken tale about a beauty shop, a vain Tom turkey, and Thanksgiving Day dinner. One day, a self-important turkey enters The Chic Hen and announces that he's been invited to a special dinner. When Beauty, the owner of the shop, discovers that he is not invited for dinner but as dinner, she and the other hens strategize to save the frantic fowl. Their best and final plan, to put him in a dress and save him from the oven, works well. Every word that begins with the letters "ex" (and there are many of them) are re-spelled to fit the theme: "eggsercise," "eggsploring," "eggstensive," etc. The book is filled with puns that will be understood by older children and adults. In one instance, a beauty shop customer is reading Miss Coop Living magazine and the two feature articles are "Feathering Your First Nest" and "Living on the Other Side of the Road." The illustrations are well worth poring over. The author made chicken mannequins with polymer eyes, beaks, and shoes, as well as wool wings and yarn feathers. Her husband designed the sets, built them, and photographed the images, adjusting their size. A humorous story about dressing a turkey, but not in the usual manner.—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
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Kirkus Reviews eggsclaimed that "readers will cackle endlessly" over the latest of the Auchs' popular poultry parody books about a turkey that gets an eggstreme makeover. (Kirkus Review)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 12, 2007
Format: School & Library Binding
We all know what we look forward to in the latter part of November - Thanksgiving Day and juicy, succulent roast turkey. But, as that time approaches, how does a turkey feel? The writing/illustrating team of Jane and Herm Auch tell just how it is in their uproarious tale of Lance, a conceited turkey whose beak is out of joint because he's the only one invited to a feast. Why, he's so stuck up that he doesn't know that the feast is him.

Fortunately, he finds a friend in Beauty, who owns a beauty shop, The Chic Hen. It's here that all the chickens come to be spruced up and, of course, to gossip. When Lance arrives all of them think he's the saddest looking hen they've ever seen. When Beauty discovers he is really a turkey, she begins to wonder just what kind of a feast he's been invited to attend.

She flies to the farmhouse to do a little investigating, and her heart stops when she peeks in a pantry window and sees a cookbook open to "Roast Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing."

The plan Beauty and the other hens devise to save Lance is hilarious, and illustrations are laugh-out-loud funny. Beauty and the Beaks will bring smiles to grown-ups and laughter to youngsters. Enjoy!

- Gail Cooke
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
The humor and artistry in this book are wonderfully memorable and so good that you'll want to share them with others. This is an excellent choice for read-alouds and story times.

We've already shared this book three times with other little friends (and big ones) over the Thanksgiving holiday. It got lots of laughs and many comments about the artwork.

We are going to look for more work from this excellent author. The prose is robust, thoughtful and smart, full of wit and comedic eggspression! Bravo!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Ellingwood VINE VOICE on November 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a cute story about a turkey who joins turkeys on a farm only to discover his invitation at the "big house" is be the turkey for Thanksgiving. The chickens try to help him with hilarious results. The illustrations are quite interesting and part of the entertainment. I'm not sure how it's done but resemble stop action photography of models. The colors in the book are especially bright.
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By Bookstork Buzz on March 28, 2014
Format: Paperback
Chock-full of chuckles and wonderful play on words, Beauty and the Beaks is an egg-citing, original adventure. Author Mary Jane wrote the story and did an egg-cellent job sculpting the characters out of clay. Husband Herm took the pictures and put the book together on the computer. The end result is a dandy story about a turkey just in for a special feast.

“…. a very eggsclusive event,” says he. “There’s only one bird invited. ME!”

That’s enough to pique Beauty’s curiosity (Beauty is the owner of the Chic Hen beauty shop) who will sleuth around to find out why.

”Lance! You ARE the feast!” cries Beauty.

He is the centerpiece, in fact, and he’s going to be stuffed with chestnuts! Poor Lance! Wattle he do?

“My life is about to eggspire!” blubbers Lance.

“Don’t chicken out now,” says Beauty. “We’ll hide you.”

The farmyard chickens get busy hiding Lance as only Beauty knows how. I have to say the outrageous illustrations are a great part of the book’s appeal. If you’re looking for a fun and funny book, this book is fun and very funny. I wholeheartedly egg you on to read it; you can egg-spect to have a good time with this one.
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Format: Paperback
Another Thanksgiving book where a turkey has to avoid being eaten. I think this book is geared for kids a little older than my 4 and 6 year old. The use of "egg" words got a little redundant after a bit. The illustrations are interesting since the authors made the characters out of clay and hand-sewed the outfits. The kids loved the pictures, especially the hens getting their "nails" painted. I personally found some of the hens a little scary looking.
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