Setting the Turkeys Free

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Overview

A young boy uses his hands, paint, sequins, and everything imaginable to make beautiful turkeys in his picture. Soon his imagination takes over, and the turkeys take on a life of their own. But Foxy the fox is on the prowl. How can the boy hold tight to the turkeys he loves and keep them safe from harm? A child's voice and bright bold artwork capture the sweetness and humor in this warmhearted story.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The reader never learns the name of the first person narrator in this book, but the illustrations reveal a creative little boy who loves art and his pet dog, Foxy. His work begins with a handprint turkey that grows to a flock in a Popsicle stick pen. When the dog morphs in to a prowling fox, the turkey adventure begins. Concepts taught include right and left hand recognition and foreground/background perception. There is also a sweet lesson about letting go of love—to see if it returns. The young boy's voice creates adequate drama to suspend disbelief and forget he controls the action. Collage illustrations complement the text with bright colors and shapes that engage pre-school and primary students. The story read aloud serves well as an introduction to a simple Thanksgiving activity. It is a tale within a tale about imagination and a useful text for emerging readers. 2004, Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, Ages 3 to 6.
—Tina Dybvik
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-A dark-skinned youngster paints handprint turkeys, decorating them with sequins, feathers, glitter, and paper scraps. After he collects them in a Popsicle-stick pen, a cartoon fox threatens the flock, which is saved when the artist turns a fist covered with purple paint into a stumbling block, allowing the birds to flee. When it is safe, they are lured back home through the child's creativity with corn kernels. Wilson-Max's artistic modeling on these spreads will inspire future turkey makers to explore new media. Nikola-Lisa keeps sentences simple and enthused so that the story's appeal will not be limited to Thanksgiving's traditional art sessions. More mature listeners will notice the amusing connection between the artist's real-life dog and the naughty fox.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A young African-American boy, with the help of his dog Foxy, brings his Thanksgiving crafts to life in this unusual story about art and imagination. The boy starts out making a hand-print turkey, an American art-class staple, but then decides to populate his big piece of taped-down paper with more turkeys to keep that one company. Soon he has to glue down a pen made out of Popsicle sticks to keep his brood safe from a hungry fox: "Go away, Foxy the fox! You're frightening my turkeys! GOBBLE-GOBBLE-GOBBLE!" Just in time, the boy deters the fox with a big rocky obstacle-a purple fist print. The turkeys are safe for the moment, but when he sets them free to protect them from the next attack, he misses them and decides to lure them back with corn (photographs of actual kernels glued onto paint). All this produces the delightful effect of the story-building before the reader's eyes. Wilson-Max's simple, flat, boldly colorful paintings cleverly reflect the work-in-progress nature of this fresh, original offering. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786819522
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.37 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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