Sometimes It's Turkey, Sometimes It's Feathers

Sometimes It's Turkey, Sometimes It's Feathers

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by Lorna Balian

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When she finds a turkey egg, Mrs. Gumm decides to hatch it and have a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.  See more details below


When she finds a turkey egg, Mrs. Gumm decides to hatch it and have a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.

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The Washington Post
Another Thanksgiving picture book with an original twist, Sometimes It's Turkey was first published in 1973; for the reissue, Lorna Balian's daughter has added full color to her mother's exquisite, funny, three-color illustrations. I still don't get the title, but the story is a winner. — Elizabeth Ward
Children's Literature
This story written thirty years ago has been give a fresh new look by the authors daughter who has added full color to her mother's illustrations. It is not an unfamiliar tale. A perky little old lady, Mrs. Gumm, finds a turkey egg and takes loving care of it. Once it hatches, the turkey eats everything in site, but the little lady doesn't mind. She just keeps commenting to her cat "What a fine Thanksgiving dinner we will have." As the seasons pass and the turkey grows plumper, the tension builds. The preparations for the Thanksgiving dinner have been made, the hatchet has been sharpened, but Mrs. Gumm can't dispatch her turkey. Instead she invites it to join her and cat for a Thanksgiving dinner. After all there is always next year. Other stories about the inability to dispatch the bird for dinner include Gracias, the Thanksgiving Turkey by Joy Cowley with illustrations by Joe Cepeda (Scholastic), Holiday House's A Thanksgiving Turkey by Julian Scheer with illustrations by Ronald Himler, and A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting with illustrations by Diane de Groat (Clarion). There are also several amusing books with turkey's outwitting those who plan to have them for dinner. Younger kids may be disturbed, older readers will chuckle at the humor. 2004 (orig. 1973), Star Bright Books, Ages 4 to 8.
— Marilyn Courtot

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Star Bright Books, Incorporated
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Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
AD760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Sometimes It's Turkey, Sometimes It's Feathers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
mrskbookstogo More than 1 year ago
No Thanksgiving is complete without this delightful traditional tale. MrsK
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am so excited to see this book if full color. It is simply beautiful! We have treasured this story for decades. Now that my children are grown, I am buying it for my grandchildren. The illustrations are delightful, the story is as sweet as pumpkin pie! While the story demonstrates the true meaning of 'thanks-giving' it is a joy to read this story any of time of year. It will install the true meaning of love in your children. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This delightful book is one of my all-time favorites. The story is sweet as pumpkin pie! When my children were little, we read this book often,not just at Thanksgiving time. Mrs. Gumm finds a turkey egg in the spring, and decides to hatch it. All summer long, Mrs. Gumm raises this young turkey, with dreams of a festive holiday dinner in autumn. The reader sees the turkey growing as each month passes. November finally arrives...and guess who's coming to dinner? The illustrations are amazing, and are now even more beautiful in full color. Each page is gorgeous. This book gives a great message of LOVE and thankfulness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my childhood favorites with a surprise ending with Mrs. Gumm, 'cat' and their new friend turkey. This is a wonderful book for any age group. I will always read it with a smile.