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Overall a humorous book with large, lively illustrations by Lee Harper. My daughter enjoyed picking the Turkey out in its many disguises. But I could see how she was first thrown off with the pizza delivery. As a parent, I liked how the author incorporated common exclamations with the animal in focus like "holy cow" when Turkey dressed up as a cow and so on; cute play with words. It also highlighted empathy and consideration for others when turkey realises that his actions may affect his friend rooster.
I I have absolutely no literary credentials to speak of to judge a book's storyline but I would have wished the ending was something where turkey didn't get eaten anyway without something as ordinary as pizza delivery to capture the spirit of Thanksgiving that works out for bird and family.
This is a cute book and my niece and nephew really enjoyed it. They asked me for a Thanksgiving book I ordered 2. This one was their favorite. The book was cute well drawn and easy for the kids to memorize and feel like they were reading along. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is because it made one of the kids refuse to eat turkey and we had to make her a little pizza instead. My suggestion is to read the book after dinner not before.
This is an adorable story and my 2 year old was delighted by the illustrations. Unfortunately two pages were stuck together and while trying to pry apart, the page tore some of the color off and left it on the previous page, which is really bothering me. Whatever was stuck on the page bled through to the other side.
The story is a good concept, but I wish it had explored the turkey thinking through his ideas, such as, "so Turkey thought, I know if I have a pig nose and sit in the mud, I'll look just like a pig", for each animal. It is a good book for toddlers.
Introduce this holiday story by talking with the children about their favorite foods, especially holiday food. Then share this colorful picture book about a clever turkey who definitely doesn't want to be part of Thanksgiving dinner!
The graphics are really great, as Turkey seems quite worried and his facial expressions show it! May be a little old for my 3 year old grandson, as he was not real interested in the story. Will try it again next Fall when he's a little older.