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Title:
A plump and perky turkey
Author:
Bateman, Teresa.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Delray Beach, FL : Winslow Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Summary:
The townspeople of Squawk Valley try to trick a turkey into being their Thanksgiving dinner, but are frustrated when the turkey tricks them instead.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.2 0.5 132907.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9781890817916
Format :
Book

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When the people of Squawk Valley find themselves without a turkey for their Thanksgiving feast, they plot a way to lure one into town: They'll advertise for a "model" turkey to pose during an arts-and-crafts fair, and gobble the bird when they've finished the artwork. But they don't plan on meeting up with Pete--a turkey so clever, he outsmarts them all!


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4-7. Squawk Valley residents will be without a turkey for Thanksgiving unless they come up with a plan to lure a turkey to town. They come up with a doozy--a turkey-themed art fair that requires a real-life model to pose for the sculptures. Posters go up throughout the forest, and cocky, clever Pete signs on for the job. He poses for soap sculpture and spud sculpture, even oatmeal sculpture. On Thanksgiving Day, the townsfolk are ready to drop the pretense and pop Pete in a pot, but he has wisely flown the coop, using the faux turkeys as camouflage. As one person notes as folk gather around to eat, "Right now I'm thankful / that we still have shredded wheat." The longish text is in rhyme, but it scans remarkably well, using wordplay to highlight the humor. The illustrations, in autumn hues and executed in gouache and watercolor, are at their best whenever plump, perky (and perceptive) Pete is on view. --Ilene Cooper


Publisher's Weekly Review

"The people in Squawk Valley/ were downhearted and depressed./ Thanksgiving was approaching,/ but without its special guest." All the turkeys have fled town except for one fowl named Pete who responds to a ploy a "model wanted" ad for the local art show. After posing for various sculptors, painters and collage artists, Pete steals off with a turkey made from oatmeal as payment and joins up with his other feathered pals. Shelly's exaggerated settings and caricatures do little to season Bateman's (Leprechaun Gold) prolix delivery and half-baked premise. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-In this rhyming story, Pete, a turkey outsmarts the townsfolk of old-time Squawk Valley as they mask their quest for a Thanksgiving entr?e with the premise of needing a feathered model for a themed arts-and-crafts fair. Angular cartoon people, done in watercolor and gouache, create turkey sculptures of potatoes, rope, oatmeal, and soap, as well as collages and portraits. This variety of presentation makes it easy for Pete to hide temporarily among the exhibits when the moment of truth arrives. The faint typeface is somewhat difficult to read and some alliterative lines ("We'll fill our fair with folks and fun") will twist a tongue during read-alouds. The final page showing a dozen turkeys at the beach is a real champion, capturing various comical expressions and activities. An interactive Web site with games and activities offers entertaining follow-up. A possible storytime companion to Dav Pilkey's 'Twas the Night before Thanksgiving (Orchard, 1990).-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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