Gobble, Gobble

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Arrow-shaped footprints lead a young backyard naturalist to a flock of funny-looking birds with big strong feet: Wild Turkeys! Once nearly extinct, these comical critters now gobble their way across North America. Follow Jenny through a year of enchantment as she shares her discovery of these wonderful birds. Jenny wrote a journal, too, with lots of fascinating stuff about a distinctly American bird. Gobble, gobble!

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Overview

Arrow-shaped footprints lead a young backyard naturalist to a flock of funny-looking birds with big strong feet: Wild Turkeys! Once nearly extinct, these comical critters now gobble their way across North America. Follow Jenny through a year of enchantment as she shares her discovery of these wonderful birds. Jenny wrote a journal, too, with lots of fascinating stuff about a distinctly American bird. Gobble, gobble!

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School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—A girl is fascinated by the flock of wild turkeys living near her home. Simple, rhyming text describes the appearance and habits of the birds throughout the year. In the spring, Jenny watches from her window as "Toms strut and/puff to look their/best. Turkey hens make/shallow nests." Respectful of nature, she observes from a distance as baby poults hatch in the summer and roost high in backyard trees in autumn. In the winter, Jenny follows a trail of footprints and spies her turkey friends perched on top of a snowman. Falwell's collage illustrations include leaf prints and vibrantly capture the changing seasonal landscapes. An afterword, "Jenny's Journal," provides more facts about wild turkeys. This informational picture book will inspire young naturalists to explore their own surroundings.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
Children's Literature - Amy McMillan
Who are those funny-looking birds with big feet? Turkeys! A young girl sees arrow-shaped footprints in the muddy spring ground and follows them to a clearing where she finds a flock of wild turkeys. Throughout each of the seasons she observes the birds in their natural habitat eating, growing, hatching babies, reacting to the weather and other animals. Jenny, our narrator, follows up the well-rhymed story with a short journal entry sharing additional facts and figures about wild turkeys and offering some suggestions for art projects, nature activities, and ways to find out even more at the library or on the Internet. The story itself is brief enough for a pre-school audience while the supplemental journal information can easily be used with second graders. The illustrations are block prints layered on collage backgrounds. They beautifully complement the woodsy scenery and add texture and richness to the reading experience. This would be a great early nonfiction addition to a nature study. Reviewer: Amy McMillan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584691495
  • Publisher: Dawn Publications
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 569,931
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.15 (d)

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  • Posted October 20, 2011

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    Gobble, Gobble is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    Turkeys are not only for Thanksgiving!

    When do you normally think about turkeys? Isn't it usually around Thanksgiving? But, of course, turkeys live year round. Jenny is a curious girl who likes to observe nature. In the spring, she finds arrow-shaped footprints and striped feathers that lead her to a flock gobbling wild turkeys looking for seeds to eat. In the summer she sees the turkey babies as they hatch and run. In autumn, as it turns cooler, the turkeys roost up in the trees. And what do you imagine turkeys do in the winter? Do you think that they might slip and slide in the snow like the rest of us?
    Not only does this charming book provide information about the life cycle of wild turkeys in a woodland habitat and reinforce the progression of the seasons for children, it also encourages observation skills in youngsters as they look at nature. In the back, "Jenny's Journal" gives more facts about turkeys, plus there are a list of fun things to do and an animal tracks guessing game. Cathryn Falwell, who has written and illustrated over eighteen children's books, accents her rhyming text with unique illustrations of block prints over collages which are made from cut and torn paper with all sorts of things from nature, such as bark, leaves, feathers, and even wasps nests. More downloadable activities for this book are located at the publisher's website. Gobble, Gobble is a young nature lover's delight!

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