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Setting the Turkeys Free Hardcover – August 16, 2004


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PreSchool-Grade 1–A dark-skinned youngster paints handprint turkeys, decorating them with sequins, feathers, glitter, and paper scraps. After he collects them in a Popsicle-stick pen, a cartoon fox threatens the flock, which is saved when the artist turns a fist covered with purple paint into a stumbling block, allowing the birds to flee. When it is safe, they are lured back home through the child's creativity with corn kernels. Wilson-Max's artistic modeling on these spreads will inspire future turkey makers to explore new media. Nikola-Lisa keeps sentences simple and enthused so that the story's appeal will not be limited to Thanksgiving's traditional art sessions. More mature listeners will notice the amusing connection between the artist's real-life dog and the naughty fox.–Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
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PreS-Gr. 1. "Look! There's a turkey." A boy uses paint, feathers, buttons, sequins, and toothpicks for legs to make handprint turkeys. A pen of Popsicle sticks keeps the "birds" safe until a fox appears; then the action shifts into high gear as the boy steps in to save these handmade turkeys. Right at a preschooler's level, the artwork, featuring Wilson-Max's signature African American boy, has humor as well as momentum, especially in the scene showing the turkeys turned loose and gobble-gobbling over a bright orange, two-page spread. This clever mixing of art and a spot-on text provides a fun story as well as a surefire craft idea that kids will want to try. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (August 16, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786819529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786819522
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

W. Nikola-Lisa's interest in writing books for children began as an elementary school teacher. He is the author of numerous books for primary, upper elementary, and middle school readers, including the following award-winning books: Bein' With You This Way, Shake Dem Halloween Bones, and How We Are Smart. Some of his recent publications include Dragonfly: A Childhood Memoir; Dear Frank: Babe Ruth, the Red Sox, and the Great War, a work of historical fiction set in Boston in 1918; and Hey, Aren't You the Janitor?, a collection of humorous stories about life on the road as a children's book author. An accomplished storyteller and musician, Mr. Nikola-Lisa enjoys sharing his writing and publishing experiences with audiences young and old whenever possible. For more information about Mr. Nikola-Lisa visit his website at www.nikolabooks.com.

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By Danielle on November 30, 2013
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Such a cute and simple book with fun text! I read this to my class of 3's and they really enjoyed the art work
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By mfv on June 27, 2012
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This book is much beloved by my class each year, and is a great launching pad for collaborative art work and discussions.
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My grandchildren loved this book. (Ages 3 and 1 1/2) After visiting a farm with a noisy turkey, and watching Dora the Explorer (fox character in the children's show) they connected with this book's story. We went one step further and I supplied all the crafts to make their own "Setting the Turkey Free" painting. For Thanksgiving their mom is going to display their painting and book. I painted the background on a large artist's canvas. The children painted their hands and made a variety of turkeys. The feathers, Popsicle sticks, and other goodies will be added as the painting is assembled. Happy Thanksgiving!
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By Alison Cluster on October 20, 2014
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So cute!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ajrmom on December 14, 2010
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The book is a very good read for all young children. The pictures are beautiful, and my children love it. But the condition of the hard cover book made me mad. I would have returned it but was going to a book signing that day and needed it for that reason. The protective cover was completely ripped and the book itself had a huge scratch on the front cover as if someone used a razor blade on it.
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