Turkey Surprise

Turkey Surprise

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by Peggy Archer, Thor Wickstrom
     
 

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It's thanksgiving and two pilgrim brothers are hunting for a turkey to cook and gobble up for dinner. After all, the thanksgiving meal always means turkey. Doesn't it? No matter what Father and brother say, the little pilgrim is not so sure. Can he convince his older brother that a stuffed turkey doesn't have to be the centerpiece of their dinner? Meanwhile, the

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It's thanksgiving and two pilgrim brothers are hunting for a turkey to cook and gobble up for dinner. After all, the thanksgiving meal always means turkey. Doesn't it? No matter what Father and brother say, the little pilgrim is not so sure. Can he convince his older brother that a stuffed turkey doesn't have to be the centerpiece of their dinner? Meanwhile, the turkey is doing his hilarious best to escape becoming the main course!

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
"We're two mighty pilgrims/ coming your way./ Looking for a turkey/ for Thanksgiving Day" goes the refrain of Turkey Surprise by Peggy Archer, illus. by Thor Wickstrom. The "mighty pilgrims" in this paper-over-board tale are brothers who'd rather not harm the bird, so they bring home a pumpkin instead. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Two pilgrim brothers hunt for a turkey on Thanksgiving Day. They sing about how they will "gobble, gobble turkey/for dinner tonight." Yet the younger brother has second thoughts: he is not so sure he wants to "pluck him, and stuff him/and cook him up right." Nevertheless, the brothers continue with their search, the older pilgrim carrying a sling shot and the younger a spy glass. Meanwhile, a "turkey . . . in a tizzy" tries hiding from the hunters. He flies into a tree but all the leaves blow away, sticks his head and neck into a gopher hole but cannot get his body in, and jumps into a pond where he cannot breath. All the while, the pilgrims are on his trail, with the younger pilgrim pretending he does not see the turkey. Finally, the younger pilgrim helps the turkey to hide behind a woodpile and convinces his brother to take home a big pumpkin from the pumpkin patch instead. On the last spread, the children and their parents are shown having a Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings, but no turkey. The surprise is a vegetarian dinner with pumpkin pie as the centerpiece! The turkey and some animal friends gape from outside the window. The illustrations (including an overview of the landscape) take the reader along the pilgrims' path from their house and back. Not only will early readers have fun with the story, but they will think twice about eating turkey for Thanksgiving. 2005, Dial Books for Young Readers/The Penguin Group, Ages 5 to 8.
—Carol Raker Collins, Ph.D.
Kirkus Reviews
Two pilgrim brothers set off to hunt up a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. "We'll pluck him, and stuff him, / and cook him up right. / We'll gobble, gobble turkey / for dinner tonight!" Their song forms a refrain throughout, but the smaller pilgrim brother begins to have second thoughts. He most certainly sees a terrified turkey a number of times, but he always leads his brother in another direction. Meanwhile, Turkey tries hiding in a tree, a gopher hole and a pond-with disastrous results. Then small pilgrim brother helps Turkey hide in a woodpile, and the two boys take home a huge pumpkin for dinner instead. Vegetarian storytellers now have an excellent companion to Dav Pilkey's Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving (1990) for their cruelty-free holiday storytimes. Wickstrom's high-spirited hunting brothers and the most expressive turkey in recent memory are a perfect match for Archer's sweet hide-and-seek story. Even the most carnivorous listeners will enjoy this yummy addition to any collection. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142408520
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/16/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.02(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Peggy Archer lives in Valparaiso, Indiana. Thor Wickstrom lives in Hancock, Massachusetts.

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