10 Fat Turkeys

10 Fat Turkeys


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This silly rhyming story about ten turkeys teaches children how to count backwards.

"Looky!" says a silly turkey swinging from a vine.
Gobble gobble wibble wobble.
Whoops! Now there are nine.

Girls and boys will gobble up this hilarious story about ten goofy turkeys and their silly antics: swinging from a vine, strutting on a boar, doing a noodle dance, and more. Veteran author Tony Johnston has written a joyful text, which first-time illustrator Richard Deas brings to life as wild and wacky fun!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439459488
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 10/01/2004
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 340,535
Product dimensions: 8.12(w) x 7.88(h) x 0.09(d)
Lexile: AD440L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

Tony Johnston is the author of nearly 100 picture books and early readers, including The Iguana Brothers, illustrated by Mark Teague. Her first novel, Any Small Goodness: A Novel of the Barrio, was named an NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts, an IRA Notable Book for a Global Security, and a Judy Lopez Memorial Honor Book. It was also awarded the first annual Southern California Booksellers' Association Children's Book Award. Ms. Johnston lives in California with her husband.

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10 Fat Turkeys 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is well suited for the Pre-K thru Kindergarten age of children It is a fun quick read especially if you need to fill time at the end of the day in a classroom. The children enjoyed the funny illustrations but the book did not hold their attention.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is full of silly words and turkeys doing silly things while it teaches kids to count. It is entertaining and has great pictures.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Our son loves this book and the illustrations are incredible.
SarahCoil on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was really cute. It would be good around Thanksgiving time or any other time. I would definitely turn this book into a song if I read it in my classroom. I would get the students really excited about it and have them sing along. I would also use this book to practice counting and making not of rhyming words. This would be a great book to use with kinesthetic learning in the classroom.
mmontet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a very fun read about 10 turkeys that each leave the fence differently. It counts down as each one leaves. Very humorous and great for Thanksgiving time.
farfromkansas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston and Rich Deas is a twist on the traditional ¿monkeys jumping on a bed¿ countdown from ten to zero; however, instead of ¿ten little monkeys¿ or ¿ten little Indians,¿ Johnston writes about ten fat turkeys who each fall off of a white picket fence. Although the text itself can be awkward and clumsy with its frequent ¿gobble gobble¿ sounds, the book is laid out in a format that allows children to predict the next page and, thus, the next number in the sequence. For instance, the ¿swinging from a vine¿ rhyme on the second illustration is left incomplete on the page with ¿Whoops! Now there are¿ [nine]¿ ¿ this requires children to predict what will complete the rhyme (and recite the next number in the countdown), something which will not appear until the reader flips to the next page. Far more charming than Johnston¿s writing are the illustrations by Rich Deas, who draws the ten turkeys in a variety of costumes and postures: there is a turkey in modern dress holding a basketball, a turkey in a swimsuit and towel, and even a turkey in a cowboy hat playing the guitar. Because some of the words might be more challenging for young, independent readers, 10 Fat Turkeys might require some adult assistance; however, this book definitely has the potential to be an amusing story time read-aloud text.Citation:Johnston, Tony, and Rich Deas. 10 Fat Turkeys. New York: Scholastic, 2009. Print.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a very bland rhyme that didn't encourage me to read more than once or twice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a serious book about Thanksgiving, then 10 Fat Turkeys is not the book for you. This book is about ten fat turkeys walking along a fence, when one by one they fall, break the fence, and perch on a tree instead. It's funny, and intended to appeal to the very young, or young at heart. The illustrations are bright, and bold, and will appeal to young children say 1 to 5-years. My son laughs when I read this book, and now at five he's starting to read it to himself. 10 Fat Turkey's mimicks the pattern in Melanie Gerth's, Ten Little Ladybugs, although Gerth's book is sweet, this work is just plain silly. 10 fat turkeys fooling on a fence. 'Looky!' says a silly turkey, swinging from a vine. GOBBLE GOBBLE WIBBLE WOBBLE whoops! Now there are...9. It's a lesson in simple subtraction, and one we enjoy reading after Halloween. It's not a Thanksgiving book per se, there is no mention of the holiday, or even the season. It just a fun, nonsense book for little tykes.