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Little Tom Turkey Hardcover – January 1, 2005

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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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Down East Books (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892726717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892726714
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,805,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Award-winning artist Jim Sollers' superbly executed illustrations for Frances Bloxam's Little Tom Turkey will enable young readers ages 3 and up to thoroughly enjoy this original story of the youngest of ten wild turkey chicks. While his mother tries to teach her brood important survival lessons about finding food and avoiding danger, Little Tom can't stop thinking about what he really wants to do - walk tall and proud like the Big Gobbler. But Little Tom is small and doesn't yet have a long tail, striking red, white and blue colorations on his head, or a handsome "beard". When he tries to strut like the great birds do, he just topples over! Little Tom doesn't realize yet that that all these things come with time and nature, and he should just concentrate on learning what young turkeys need to know. A delightful read-aloud tale, with an underlying theme of learning courage and patience.
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Little Tom Turkey written by Bloxam and illustrated by Sollers, is a rhyming tale explaining the growth of a wild turkey from egg to maturity showing feeding, flying, escaping predators, wintering, and finally adulthood. The repeating attempt of little tom to strut is cute to observe. We have read this book about every other day during Thanksgiving and Christmas. The illustrations in this story are stand outs since Solliers uses a combination of smooth art and detailed turkey drawings.

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By Kim on August 10, 2015
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A great, well-written book!
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great book….my son loves turkeys since we live on some land and he sees them in the yard. This was perfect for him to learn more about them. Unfortunately the seller I bought from sent me one a little more damaged than I had preferred. I buy most every book used but with the binding coming apart not keeping the pages in tact I don't think they should be allowed to even resale that kind!
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The book was in good condition as stated. We needed the book to complete our Turkey/Thanksgiving story box. We will use it for story times.
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