Plump And Perky Turkey

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Overview

Turkeys around Squawk Valley just don’t jump into pots anymore — they are way too smart for that. So the townspeople hatch a clever plan. They host a turkey-themed arts and crafts fair and lure a vain bird into town by advertising for an artist’s model. Peter the Turkey, proud of his well-stuffed form, takes the bait but doesn’t fall for the trap.

The townspeople of Squawk Valley try to trick a turkey into being their Thanksgiving dinner, but are frustrated when the ...

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Overview

Turkeys around Squawk Valley just don’t jump into pots anymore — they are way too smart for that. So the townspeople hatch a clever plan. They host a turkey-themed arts and crafts fair and lure a vain bird into town by advertising for an artist’s model. Peter the Turkey, proud of his well-stuffed form, takes the bait but doesn’t fall for the trap.

The townspeople of Squawk Valley try to trick a turkey into being their Thanksgiving dinner, but are frustrated when the turkey tricks them instead.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"The people in Squawk Valley/ were downhearted and depressed./ Thanksgiving was approaching,/ but without its special guest." All the turkeys have fled town except for one fowl named Pete who responds to a ploy a "model wanted" ad for the local art show. After posing for various sculptors, painters and collage artists, Pete steals off with a turkey made from oatmeal as payment and joins up with his other feathered pals. Shelly's exaggerated settings and caricatures do little to season Bateman's (Leprechaun Gold) prolix delivery and half-baked premise. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Without prospects of a turkey, the people of Squawk Valley face bowls of shredded wheat for Thanksgiving dinner. They all agree that what they need is a plump and perky turkey to satisfy their need. Ebenezer Beezer, to the delight of the people, comes up with a brilliant plan. Posters are plastered on every tree in the forest advertising for a turkey model to pose for the upcoming craft fair. Pete, a plump and perky turkey, struts proudly into town. "Twas the week before Thanksgiving when Pete posed to do his part, and the artsy-craftsy townsfolk started making turkey art." They made sculptures out of spuds, oatmeal, soap and various other materials, but just as the judging gets underway, Pete disappears. Written in a playful poetic form with vibrant paintings that dance across the pages, Bateman's book is bound to become an annual seasonal treat. 2001, Winslow Press, $15.95. Ages All. Reviewer: Laura Hummel
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-In this rhyming story, Pete, a turkey outsmarts the townsfolk of old-time Squawk Valley as they mask their quest for a Thanksgiving entr e with the premise of needing a feathered model for a themed arts-and-crafts fair. Angular cartoon people, done in watercolor and gouache, create turkey sculptures of potatoes, rope, oatmeal, and soap, as well as collages and portraits. This variety of presentation makes it easy for Pete to hide temporarily among the exhibits when the moment of truth arrives. The faint typeface is somewhat difficult to read and some alliterative lines ("We'll fill our fair with folks and fun") will twist a tongue during read-alouds. The final page showing a dozen turkeys at the beach is a real champion, capturing various comical expressions and activities. An interactive Web site with games and activities offers entertaining follow-up. A possible storytime companion to Dav Pilkey's 'Twas the Night before Thanksgiving (Orchard, 1990).-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781417653607
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted November 26, 2012

    This witty, rhyming picture book is perfect for Thanksgiving! T

    This witty, rhyming picture book is perfect for Thanksgiving! The people of Squawk Valley want a turkey to eat for Thanksgiving, so they hold a turkey art contest. Their plan is foiled by the clever and tricky turkey.

    It is such a cute book! I bought the Kindle version for my kids and we read it on Thanksgiving. If you missed out on this book that day, you will have to pay a little more, but it is still a bargain at $3.99. Definitely worth the money!

    The Illustrations: Loved the illustrations. The artwork was quirky and silly, just like the story. The cleverness of the turkey is beautifully rendered in these pictures.

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

    My favorite Thanksgiving book!

    I love this story, it is exciting and funny. The characters are great and the main character is the most clever turkey ever! It is a great read aloud, as students really enjoy this story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2006

    Fun to Read Aloud!

    A Plump and Perky Turkey has a pleasingly poetic rhyme. This book is a blast to read aloud, but a little tricky the first time around. 'They make turkeys out of spuds, and out of clay and out of rope. They made turkeys out of oatmeal, and out of paper, out of soap.' That portion is my son's favorite. It's repeated three times in the story, but he laughs every time. I'm not sure if it's the words that amuse him so, or the illustrations. The pages are soaked in oranges, browns, and golden tones, thus one certainly gets the idea that autumn is in the air. Shelly has a cartoonish style, in that the images are accentuated with thick, dark lines. The artwork is humorous, and rich in details. The book doesn't offer an age recommendation, but I'd say it's geared to children 3 to 7-years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2005

    My kids Favorite

    I bought this book last year and my kids make me read it over and over again. They love it! It also has some great rhyme schemes and wonderful illustrations. I would highly recommend this book for anyone with kids age 2-8.

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