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.

GOBBLE GOBBLE WIBBLE WOBBLE
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.
GOBBLE GOBBLE WIBBLE WOBBLE
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.)

Themes:

Turkeys, Humor, Counting

Resources:

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

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