A Turkey for Thanksgiving

A Turkey for Thanksgiving

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by Eve Bunting, Diane deGroat, Diane derogate
     
 

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Mr. and Mrs. Moose invite all their animal friends for Thanksgiving dinner and the only one missing is Turkey. When they set out to find him, Turkey is quaking with fear because he doesn't realize that his hosts want him at their table, not on it.  See more details below

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Mr. and Mrs. Moose invite all their animal friends for Thanksgiving dinner and the only one missing is Turkey. When they set out to find him, Turkey is quaking with fear because he doesn't realize that his hosts want him at their table, not on it.

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"Preparing the table for Thanksgiving dinner, Mrs. Moose confesses to Mr. Moose that everything would be quite perfect if only they had a turkey for dinner. . . . With a plot twist that only young children will find surprising, Mrs. Moose offers the turkey a chair and treats him as an honored guest." Booklist, ALA

"Together Bunting's good-natured tale and de Groat's autumn-hued richly detailed watercolors convey the animals' warm friendship and humor. . . . This ideal family read-aloud will awaken the holiday spirit in all." Publishers Weekly

"Humorous double-page spreads in cheerful watercolors show the plump, personable animals in an ice-crusted autumn woodland and a snug country cottage that suits the Mooses and the Goats, who are garbed like Eastern European peasants." School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Although a paper turkey decorates Mrs. Moose's Thanksgiving table, she longs for the real thing--so her obliging husband sets out to find her one. He is joined by his soon-to-be dinner guests: Rabbit, in his quilted down vest; poky Porcupine, in his furry earmuffs; and ravenous Mr. Goat, who devours everything in sight, including Sheep's plaid hat. They find Turkey hiding in his nest, surrounded by signs that discourage visitors. Trying to console the terrified bird, Mr. Moose explains: ``We just want you for Thanksgiving dinner,'' which only confirms Turkey's fears. Young readers will be as thrilled as Turkey to hear that Mrs. Moose wants him at her table, not on it. Together, Bunting's ( In the Haunted House ; The Wednesday Surprise ) good-natured tale and de Groat's ( Hi Bears, Bye Bears ) autumn-hued, richly detailed watercolors convey the animals' warm friendship and the humor resulting from the misunderstanding. This ideal family read-aloud will awaken the holiday spirit in all. Ages 3-6. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The expressions on Mr. Moose's face and those of his friends make this book a standout. When combined with the charming and funny story of Mrs. Moose wanting to have a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, parents and teachers should be prepared to read this one aloud quite a few times. 1995 (orig.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3Mr. and Mrs. Moose invite their animal friends for Thanksgiving dinner, and the only one missing is Turkey. When they set out to find him, Turkey is quaking with fear because he doesn't realize that his hosts want him at their table, not on it.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395742129
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
85,987
Product dimensions:
7.75(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.16(d)
Lexile:
410L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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"This ideal family read-aloud will awaken the holiday spirit in all." Publishers Weekly

Meet the Author

EVE BUNTING has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall , Fly Away Home , and Train to Somewhere . She lives in Southern California.

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A Turkey For Thanksgiving (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is not only adorable in itself, it particularly addresses the needs of vegetarian kids and families to have holiday books they can share also. Thanksgiving is especially tough because it seems to be all about 'the turkey dinner', and most literature surrounding it is no different. While this book does promote a vegetarian-themed holiday, it does so whimsically - just plain sweet with beautiful illustrations - very fun.
ChicagoTeach More than 1 year ago
Mrs. Moose wants a turkey for Thanksgiving, because as she says, everyone always has a turkey for Thanksgiving. So Mr. Moose goes out to find one for her and brings the turkey to their house for Thanksgiving. The lovely ending is that the turkey is shocked to find out that he has a seat reserved for him at the table and that he's not being eaten. It's a super cute book told in the fun, kid-friendly way that Eve Bunting has while challenging the reader to think about bigger issues.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a retired Early Childhood Educator, this was one of my favorite stories to share at Thanksgiving with my class. Now I have a chance to share it with my grandsons. It's an adorable story of an animal's Thanksgiving celebration and how Turkey misunderstands his role in the celebration! The humor was a little above my 3 year old grandson's level but he enjoyed the illustrations and looked for Turkey on each page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is just a fun book to read. There are not really any learning experiences this age group would be able to comprehend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My students loved this story. It was enjoyed by all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a nice book. I am ten years old and I really enjoyed this book. I liked this book because It was not boring. The picture of the fat sheep was really funny. I would recommend this book to all my friends.