I Am the Turkey (I Can Read Book 2 Series)


Mark is so excited to be the turkey in his class Thanksgiving play — until he discovers what the turkey's real role was in the first Thanksgiving dinner!

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Mark is so excited to be the turkey in his class Thanksgiving play — until he discovers what the turkey's real role was in the first Thanksgiving dinner!

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Editorial Reviews

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At first, second-grader Mark is delighted when he gets the part of the turkey in the school Thanksgiving play. Only when he realizes that he might wind up on a symbolic chopping block does he develop a full-blown case of stage fright. Then, before he can botch his first "gobble gobble gobble," he jumps in to save the day. A Level 2 I Can Read! story that every young thespian can relate to.
Kirkus Reviews
A compelling illustration of a nervous child in a turkey costume draws the reader into this mid-level early reader from the I Can Read series. The multi-ethnic children in a second-grade classroom are assigned parts in a Thanksgiving play by their African-American teacher, Ms. Willow. The first-person narrator, Mark, gets the part of the turkey, much to his chagrin. When the pilgrim narrator gets sick (on stage) and can't finish his lines, Mark saves the day (and the play) by improvising his own humorous conclusion. Spirn succeeds in creating a funny story with some real drama that kids will enjoy, complemented by Allen's appealing children in costume. This effort will work well for early readers and as a read-aloud for Thanksgiving story time, or even as an introduction to a classroom theatrical production. Anyone who has ever been involved in a school play will appreciate this well-told story illustrating that the show that must go on. (Easy reader. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060532321
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/22/2006
  • Series: I Can Read Book 2 Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 307,880
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Michele Sobel Spirn has written more than seventy books, videos, and filmstrips for children, as well as several award-winning films for adults. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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