From School Library Journal
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 CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved