A Plump Turkey

Teresa Bateman writes a cute poetic narrative about a community, who’s turkeys seem to disappear during the fall season in A Plump and Perky Turkey.  Jeff Shelly illustrates creative pictures, personifying the turkey as they sneak away.  Kids will find it funny.  The towns people of Squawk Valley are dismayed, and the idea of having an “arts-and-craft fair” featuring turkey art sparks the town.  They advertise in the forest asking for a turkey to be a model.

The turkey, Pete, becomes the center of attention.  It’s curious that the townspeople can only think of a turkey for its feast.  Jeff Shelly illustrates a pig throughout the story as an equally-concerned citizen.  I find that rather odd, considering ham can be an alternate meat at Thanksgiving.  The pig is just as happy about the prospect of turkey.  I think the illustrations themselves would create a curious conversation with your students.

Savorings for reading and in writing for A Plump and Perky Turkey:

  • Feelings – “downhearted and depressed
  • Vocabulary:  clever – “no turkey to be found.”  If you are introducing the word “clever”, this book explains the vocabulary word thoroughly.
  • Think Bubbles – “We’ll fill our fair with folks and fun and tons of turkey art.”
  • Alliteration – “plump, perky, pines
  • Past Tense Verbs – strutted, startled, intrigued, cheered, disappeared
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