From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2–As in Antlers Forever! (Down East, 2001), Bloxam successfully combines fact, verse, and a bit of humor. The rhyming text flows smoothly to describe a wild turkey's life right from the start: "When little Tom hatched from a beautiful egg,/the first thing he saw was his mother's long leg./He came out of his shell quite soggy and wet./What would he look like? You couldn't tell yet." The chick learns to find food and gets lessons in survival, which serve him well when he narrowly escapes a hungry fox. Tom sees Big Gobbler puff out his chest and strut, and it becomes his dream to do the same. He tries all summer with comical results and little success. When spring comes again, he realizes that he is now "a gobbler of size!" and he produces "a strut/that was fit for a king!" Mixing realism with graphic simplicity, the artwork enhances the rhythmic text. The white backgrounds and stylized trees allow the birds to stand out on the pages. Tom is full of personality. Outline drawings of predators illustrate the mother's warning to her chicks, and the more realistic image of the attacking fox is dramatic. Facts about wild turkeys conclude the book. A good choice all year round.– Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
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About the Author
Frances Bloxam draws on her past experience as a preschool head teacher in writing her children's books. She lives in Bath, Maine.