Diary of a Pet Turkey

Diary of a Pet Turkey

by Joanne Ingis, Binny
     
 

In this delightful tale, based on a true story, a suburban family adopts a wild turkey and raises it by hand. Joanne Ingis takes readers on an unbelievable journey, from the hatching of the egg, to the naming of the turkey, to its incorporation into the family's daily life. Young readers will love the story of a turkey being cared for rather than eaten at a holiday

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Overview

In this delightful tale, based on a true story, a suburban family adopts a wild turkey and raises it by hand. Joanne Ingis takes readers on an unbelievable journey, from the hatching of the egg, to the naming of the turkey, to its incorporation into the family's daily life. Young readers will love the story of a turkey being cared for rather than eaten at a holiday dinner! A perfect Thanksgiving gift that is sure to appeal throughout the year.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A proud turkey chronicles her life from her time as an egg onward, with sidebars providing facts about the species. Named “Magic Marker” by her adoptive human family, due to her squeaky peep, the turkey first lives indoors, eventually moving into an outdoor pen. Despite the nature of the conceit, the turkey’s narrative is rather reportorial. Ingis’s attempt to make Magic Marker a pet, a family member, and a resource results in some uncomfortable moments: when Magic Marker lays an egg, the family’s human mother declares it her “grandchild,” but it’s fried up for breakfast on the next page. Binny’s pen-and-ink cartoons bring a quirky vibe to this offbeat story about the value of family pets. A blank notebook is included for readers to create their own pet diaries. Ages 5–8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Lisa Kuehne
Thanksgiving dinner is not for your typical family pet, unless you are the main character, Magic Marker. She is a turkey and her life is nothing less than extraordinary. There is no farm or woods for this girl. Magic Marker is brought home by a suburban family as an egg and gives us an explanation of how to set up an incubator for a turkey egg. Young readers learn many fun filled facts from Magic Marker including: turkey egg facts, turkey sounds, anatomy, diet, mating, growth, and typical habitat. Ingis has done an amazing job using a humorous turkey character with a spunky, likeable personality, and engaging readers. We get a glimpse of what a life of a pet turkey is like through her eyes. Do not worry, Magic Marker is in no danger of ending up on a plate for dinner; she has an important role, laying eggs. Sixty-eight to be exact. The illustrations in this book are great and the unique story is interesting enough for any young, school aged reader. There is even a small diary at the end for readers to make their own pet autobiography. Reviewer: Lisa Kuehne

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609050917
Publisher:
Blue Apple Books
Publication date:
10/11/2011
Pages:
36
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Joanne Ingis makes her Blue Apple Books debut with Diary of a Pet Turkey. She home schools her sons, and the turkey in her story was one of their hands-on science projects. Joanne lives in New Jersey with her family. The author lives in NJ.

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