As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, I have been busy reading any Thanksgiving and turkey book that I can find to my daughter. A new favorite that we recently read together was A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman with illustrations by Jeff Shelly. My daughter loves the “gobble, gobble” sound of turkeys and really loved this story in which all the turkeys outsmart the humans for a Thanksgiving dinner.
A Plump and Perky Turkey begins:
The people in Squawk Valley
were downhearted and depressed.
Thanksgiving was approaching,
but without its special guest.
They couldn’t find a turkey
for the feast they planned to eat.
It looked like they’d be making do
with bowls of shredded wheat.
Right away I fell in love with the book because of the rhymes. I love rhyming, and, more important, rhymes are an important tool for language development in young children. My daughter also seemed to like the rhyming because she perked up and paid more attention to me when I started reading the book.
In addition to the rhyming story, I also really like the illustrations in A Plump and Perky Turkey. The pictures are fun and playful with brown, gold, yellow, and red fall colors. My favorite illustration is the picture of the turkey hiding amongst the various turkey sculptures. Why is the turkey hiding in artwork? You will just have to read the book the find out!
Final Verdict: A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman and illustrated by Jeff Shelly gets four enthusiastic thumbs up from me and my daughter. If you are looking for a fun book to read this Thanksgiving, I highly recommend the rhyming story of A Plump and Perky Turkey.
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‘A Plump and Perky Turkey’ Book Review © 2012 Heather Johnson
Cover of A Plump and Perky Turkey © 2012 Heather Johnson
Illustration in A Plump and Perky Turkey © 2012 Heather Johnson