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Author: Wendi Silvano

Illustrator: Lee Harper

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Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Childrens,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Turkey knows Thanksgiving is coming. He also knows he does not want to be the main course. So what's a feathered friend to do? Well, he has a plan: he'll be a horse. Well, his costume isn't enough to make him look like a horse, so maybe he'll be a cow! Will that work? When Farmer Jake can't find Turkey, he decides they'll have rooster for dinner. Uh oh! This is a hillarious story that will keep kids guessing (the first time) and get them up and playing , too.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 1.8

Age of Child: Read by an 8-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter laughed her way through this the first time, and then decided to play the parts of all of the other animals (read: make their voices) after that. We had several requests for this one.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a clever, fun book. It would make an exceptional story-time book at school or the library. With all of Turkey's costumes, it is easy to get the kids thinking about disguises and making their own costumes. The illustrations really help bring out the humor!

Pros: Lots of laughter and a cute ending combine in this seasonal book that's bound to be an elementary favorite.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is likely to be a holiday favorite with the kids for several years.


Educational Themes: Although the story is set around Thanksgiving, this is one you could read before Halloween to get kids thinking about - and creating - clever costumes. Turkey uses household items to create his disguises, which can get kids thinking about different ways to use things.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub, Inc. This is an unsolicited donation.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, Thanksgiving, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2009

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