Picture Book Recommendation: 10 FAT TURKEYS

Cover of 10 Fat TurkeysThanksgiving is almost here, and to get us all in a thankful mood, I decided to recommend a Thanksgiving book. What does 10 Fat Turkeys have to do with Thanksgiving? Absolutely nothing.

But… it has turkeys. And… turkeys are assassinated on associated with Thanksgiving, so I’m making 10 Fat Turkeys my Thanksgiving recommendation.

Do a noodle dance.
10 fat turkeys,
fooling on a fence.

Why do I love this book? Fat turkeys! Silly turkeys! Foofy turkeys! Yes, “foofy” turkeys. Kids love silly made up words, like foofy and oofsy, wibble and jibble. When an author can seamlessly work these words like into a perfectly rhyming text, well… it is perfection, indeed.

“Looky!” hoots a brother turkey,
swanning a swan dive.
Oh, no! There are…

Lively illustrations of turkeys roller skating, pogoing, and riding wild boars. Yes, a turkey rides a wild boar. Need I tell you more about how awesome this book is?

Ok, since you asked… it’s a counting book. Your kids will learn their numbers. Other than that, they won’t learn anything, but they sure will giggle up at a storm at all the silly turkey antics. And that’s one thing I am truly thankful for… the laughter of my children. (Not to mention my laughter at their interpretation of a noodle dance.)


Turkeys, Humor, Counting


Kids can make this Hands-and-Feet Turkey Craft over at Kaboose.

Kids who want to act out the story can make felt Turkey Finger Puppets as demonstrated by Frog Prince Paperie. For non-crafty parents like me, Elementary School Enrichment Activities has simpler paper versions of Turkey Finger Puppets. For the über-crafty, FaveCrafts.com has a fancy Garden Fence you can make as scenery for the puppet show.

If you want to impress your kiddos with your mommy-knows-all coolness factor, you can brush up on your Thanksgiving Turkey History from TheHistoryOf.net. Of course, your kids will probably still know more than you. But if you read the article, you’ll at least know what they’re talking about.

And, of course, lets not forget the Turkey Jokes at Enchanted Learning.

Perfect Picture Book List on Susanna Leonard Hill’s Blog

Bibliographic Info:

Author: Tony Johnston
Illustrator: Rich Deas
Reading level: Ages 3 and up
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Scholastic (October 1, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0439459486
ISBN-13: 978-04394594882


Author: Nessa

Librarian for people with visual and physical impairments, and mother of two sharp-witted alien children.

14 thoughts on “Picture Book Recommendation: 10 FAT TURKEYS”

  1. Nessa…what a thoroughly charming book! So much fun and they learn their numbers as well…what could be better.;) Thanks for a great review and terrific activities and resources!
    And thank you so much for your thoughtful answer to the question about rhyme and near-rhyme…I guess the thing to remember is: Know the rules…and, if you break them, do so deliberately…and be passionate about what you wrote. 🙂

  2. A bundle of fun!

    Nessa, what do you feel about not-perfect rhyme such as fence:dance? I find it acceptable when used appropriately but I know many authors/editors say it is a no-no.

    1. I think it depends on the situation. There are times it’s jarring and other times it can sneak by.

      I think the amount of words between the rhymes has a lot to do with how perfect your rhymes need to be, as well as the rhythm of your writing. Longer lines and less predictable rhythm can make a difference.

      This book uses “down” and “none” as a rhyme, but there is a page break between them, so you naturally pause and break rhythm a bit while turning the page, plus it occurs at a turning point in the story. The author could have used “zero” to really emphasize when all the turkeys were gone, but it would have made it sound like the end of the story when there was still one more plot twist to come.

    2. Thank you so much for bringing that up…I was kind of afraid to…because the book is awesome…but I’ve been told that ‘near-perfect’ is a NO-NO! 🙂 And so I much appreciate Nessa’s comment below. 🙂

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