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Turkey Surprise Hardcover – August 18, 2005


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PreS-K. Here's a Thanksgiving picture book for vegetarians. Two Pilgrim brothers hunting for a Thanksgiving turkey sing a rhyming chant ("We'll pluck him and stuff him, / and cook him up right"). The cheerful line-and-watercolor pictures show the turkey hiding from the hunters--in a tree, a gopher hole, a pond, and a woodpile. The littlest Pilgrim isn't sure he wants to pluck out the turkey's feathers, stuff the bird with breadcrumbs, and cook it, and he eventually persuades the bigger Pilgrim that there are more delicious things than turkey to bring home for the feast. Hunters and hunted are treated with a light touch, and kids will identify with the turkey as well as with the small Pilgrim, who changes his companion and turns things around. The final spread says it all, showing the family enjoying a delicious feast as the turkey peers through the window. Hazel Rochman
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Even the most carnivorous listeners will enjoy this yummy addition to any collection. -- Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 500L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial (August 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803729693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803729698
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 9.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,682,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. E. Fendley on September 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My pre-schooler and I both enjoyed this book. It is a lovely holiday book which I expect to be asked to read long after Thanksgiving. Both the text and the illustrations were artfully rendered. I found the surprise that this pilgrim family chose not to eat turkey at their otherwise traditional Thanksgiving dinner to be unique and entertaining. My daughter, a confirmed meat eater from a confirmed meat eating family, thought the ending was fun. I would highly recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reader McRead on June 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
I dare you not to laugh when reading this book, especially when you look closely at the illustrations featuring the lovable turkey and his animal friends. The rhyming refrain is easy to learn and children love to sing it outloud with the reader. The overall rhythm and pace of the story are spot-on and you'll be cheering for both the little pilgrim and the turkey. It is so nice to see an alternate view of Thanksgiving portrayed in a fresh, inviting, and open-minded way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reflection Haiku on November 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
For a household like vegetarian family, TURKEY SURPRISE will be a delightful read that contains a happy ending for a turkey. Two sibling pilgrims set out to find a turkey for their Thanksgiving feast, but the young one has a different opinion about catching the big bird. Along the way, animals help the wild turkey escape in all sorts of humorous hideouts and though the young pilgrim keeps spotting the turkey, he is able to successfully preventing his big brother from seeing it. Their trail meanders through the tree, the gopher hole, the pond and finally the young pilgrim helps the turkey find a safe woodpile to hide behind while he persuades his brother that their parents would agree that a heavy pumpkin plus all the yummy food is a Thanksgiving dinner just as great. I find it to be a lovely book that embraces diverse celebration of Thanksgiving with a subtle lesson on tolerance.
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