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10 Turkeys in the Road Hardcover – September 1, 2011

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Zany circus antics; peppy rhymes; animated, comical art; and counting make for an entertaining, read-aloud-friendly picture book. A turkey circus rehearsal is in progress but not everyone’s amused: “Ten turkeys blocked the road / one hot and hazy day. / A pickup screeched. A farmer beeped. / One turkey flew away.” The remaining turkeys continue the feats, from stilt walking to trapeze flying, but alas for the farmer stuck in his vehicle, his turkey-scattering attempts (flashing lights, banging tools) result in only one turkey departure each time. Finally, one turkey remains but sneakily commandeers the truck, and turkeys pile aboard, stranding the farmer. Thankfully, a carload of pigs offers a lift, leading to the farmer finding his truck (now an artful circus prop), popcorn treats, and maybe even a tiny smile for the festivities. Colorful cartoonlike acrylic illustrations—contrasting happy-faced, googly-eyed turkeys with the increasingly exasperated farmer—capture the chaos with liveliness and humor. Kids will enjoy counting turkeys and finding corresponding numerals incorporated within the pictures. Not just for Thanksgiving. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Shelle Rosenfeld

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Ages 3-6 Counting down with goofy gobblers and a delightful final surprise. One turkey carries a giant pole, another examines his clown nose in a mirror, others lug boxes and swing mallets. All are hard at work "Ten turkeys blocked the road / one hot and hazy day." A poker-faced farmer in a truck drives up "A pickup screeched. A farmer beeped. / One turkey flew away." And so it goes, turkeys setting up for what looks like a circus and the frustrated farmer waiting for his chance to drive through. Big busy double-page spreads add to the antic action; seven turkeys surround the truck and shoot it full of silly string "The farmer shook his fist and yelled. / One turkey flew away." Turkeys are also swinging on trapezes, being shot out of cannons, juggling bowling balls and bales of hay. With only one turkey to go, it looks like the farmer will finally be on his way, but then all 10 make off with his truck. Luckily, he catches a ride in a bright blue Volkswagen full of pigs, who take him to the big turkey circus. Ta-da! The turkey tableaux are deliriously silly, and, of course, more appropriate all around than 10 little Indians. Slonim's bright acrylics amp the loopiness of Sturgis' verses. A cute combo sure to bring many smiles. --Kirkus Reviews, August Issue
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1st - 3rd
  • Lexile Measure: AD440L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761458476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761458470
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,085,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jennifer Bielicki on November 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My six year old absolutely LOVES this book. She giggles and laughs through the whole thing every time we read it together. The rhyming text is clever and funny and the illustrations are amazing! Great book!
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10 Turkeys In The Road by Brenda Reeves Sturgis and Illustrated by David Slonim is a fantastic Thanksgiving book that kids love. The counting book begins with a farmer unable to get by because there are turkeys in the road. The delightful illustrations continue with each number until they finally steal his truck and he ends up at the turkey circus.

My students loved this book and I was able to put it to a familiar tune and sing the entire thing. They giggled at the illustrations that get sillier with each page that's turned.

I recommend this book to kids 4-8 and it's a must have addition to holiday picture book libraries.
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I thought that this book would be related to Thanksgiving, but it is not. It is a Turkey circus. The farmer in his pickup truck is stopped by turkeys that are doing magic, walking on stilts, juggling, clown turkeys, and all the things you might see at a circus. The countdown is from ten to one, until the farmer is the "one" in the road.

Children will want to read and re-read this story of the silly turkeys and the frustrated farmer. They will enjoy looking at the bright pictures on each page and some across double pages.

This book will be added to my list of math books, what child wouldn't like to talk about turkey subtraction. Read the story and subtract turkey circus performers from the middle of the road while the farmer in the pickup is just trying to get to his farm. How fun. This book will bring some giggles and a laugh or two.
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When "Ten Turkeys in The Road" arrived, my grandson was very captivated by the funny cartoon pictures and the cute story. Amazon has a very good selection of books my grandson has found a lot of fun for grandmother to read!!!
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10 Turkeys in the Road is a delightful rhyming story with words that fun to repeat and recite, as well as a useful counting tool. The photographs are large and colorful, with enough detail to entertain a child up to the age of four. The book has humor, which makes it fun for the adult who is reading aloud.

Good for school classrooms as well as a child's home library.
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By Gmjackson on December 10, 2012
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My preschool students along with elementary school kids thoroughly enjoyed this selection. The illustrations were great and the story so cute. Would recommend to other educators to use at Thanksgiving.
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The best thing about "10 Turkeys in the Road" is indeed the turkeys, along with the rest of the illustrated material. The artwork is superb - colorful, whimsical, and downright funny. In this counting primer, a farmer's path becomes blocked by 10 turkeys. The frustrated farmer tries everything to move the turkeys out of his way, but can manage to clear only one turkey at a time from his path. Preschooler's will undoubtedly love the winsome pictures, and engaging them in the turkey counting shouldn't be difficult. If there is any criticism to be made, however, it would be the slightly less engaging poetic narrative. Another well-known counting book, "Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed," offers a significantly more memorable poetic experience by way of it's almost sing-song verse: "Five little monkeys jumping on the bed, one fell off and bumped his head; mama called the doctor and the doctor said, 'No more monkeys jumping on the bed!'" I've read that one with both of my kids over the years, and the catchy rhythm & rhyme of its language make it a classic. This book doesn't quite match that one with it's poetry, but the superb illustrations make it worthwhile. A fine choice for little ones working on their counting skills.
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This delightful tale takes you on the countdown of Ten Turkeys in the Road and one farmer who can't get past them. Finally a story about Turkeys that isn't based around Thanksgiving. My little one loves this book and the rhyming and pictures make it fun over and over. Each page is different; and every time we go through it there is something new to see. A wonderful, fun story.
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