* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room, and give you a unique “recipe for fun” this week over on our Book Cook page…
Today’s great book: A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting with illustrations by Diane de Groat (1991, Scholastic Inc.)
Time to Read: short and sweet with great friends and lots of kindness and humor and even a bit of mistaken identity; great for bedtime or anytime
Summary: from the back of the book…”Everyone has turkey for Thanksgiving, and Mrs. Moose wants one too. So, Mr. Moose and his friends set out to find a turkey for dinner, but Mr. Turkey has other ideas.”
Best Quote: “It’s even nicer to be AT your table and not ON it…Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.”
Our View: The last pages of this book are such a nice surprise to a person reading it for the first time, so we won’t give away the plot other than in that best quote above. This is among the most creative of the Thanksgiving books in our collection. We have quite a few, but this one remains special and is a grand reminder of that favorite part of this holiday season – gathering with family and friends and making the most of that time together. Friends are everywhere in this book and working together and laughing together and sharing a meal together are the centerpiece of this grand Thanksgiving table. As a student teacher, I read this book to my second-graders and they enjoyed it so much they decided to create a reader’s theater-style play from it. We had sound effects people and actors and costume designers and props and one illustrator, Daniel, a little boy who found his talent as he was drawing all of the wonderful backdrops that the children would end up using to tell their story. It was such a success that they ended up making tickets and posters for the entire elementary school, who came in shifts with friends and family and administrators to see the wonderful performance. That is the power of a little book! Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours.
Remember to visit our Book Cook page for the recipe – “Turkey’s TrailMix” – created by the kids to accompany this particular book.