Too Many Turkeys

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
When a little lost turkey turns up on Fred and Belle's farm, Belle fears for her garden along with the "infernal mess" he will make. But Fred chooses to keep and care for him, naming him Buford. And Belle finds that his manure makes her garden flourish, and her neighbors curious and envious. Trouble begins when Belle goes to a convention. A wild hen turkey refuses to be shooed away. She returns with many friends, and despite Fred's desperate and hilarious efforts, he cannot get rid of the ever-increasing crowd of turkeys. He finally has to give Belle's gardening secret away to the neighbors, on the understanding that they each take away a turkey, along with some turkey "plop," garden debris, and seeds. When she returns, Belle is surprised at the neat farm, as well as the fact that the neighbors all have turkeys. Fred is happy with just Buford, until... Lloyd offers page after double page of glorious turkeys, with scarlet and blue accents on their attractively textured brown bodies; enough of them to fill yards and fields with agitated fowl. Watercolors and pen and ink drawings depict the orderly homestead, comfortable interior, and the cast of characters, peaceful at sleep but wild in the daylight until the birds find new homes, leaving a bucolic landscape and "spectacular gardens." "Green" farming at its best. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Belle and Fred have a secret to their flourishing, bountiful garden—their "special formula fertilizer" is "a little of this, a smidge of that," or, actually, a generous helping of manure from the couple's recently adopted turkey. Buford is a benefit until the day Belle leaves for her annual birdhouse convention and local wild-turkey hens attempt to move in on the garden. With a "flip, a flop, and a flutter," dozens of them descend on the yard and avoid Fred's repeated attempts to persuade them to leave. Fans of White's Too Many Pumpkins (Holiday House, 1996) will appreciate the community-friendly inspiration that enables Fred to solve his dilemma. Bright watercolors wash over detailed illustrations of Belle's garden, the couple's house, and "casa Buford." A flurry of feathers with increasing numbers of turkey hens builds until birds and foliage begin to spill over illustration frames. Text moves readers forward with italicized first-person ruminations and the occasional "but then…" encouragement to turn the page. An engaging story with a delightfully appropriate final view of Buford's new roommate(s), this book is a welcome addition for all libraries.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services Plano ISD, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823420841
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 739,529
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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