Thursday, November 27, 2014

Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr

Happy Thanksgiving! In honor of the holiday, I thought it would be best to talk about being thankful. I am thankful for this adorable story, and the turkey in Run, Turkey, Run is thankful to enjoy another day not being dinner.

The day before Thanksgiving, turkey runs around the farm trying to hide from the farmer. He hides in the pig pen, the duck pond, and even pretends to be a horse. Only when he flees the farm is he safe and the farmer's family must have grilled cheese for dinner. That is until the family heads out to the woods, and the turkey might not be so safe for Christmas.

This is a quick, very funny read for kids and grown ups. The book is full of rhyme and animal noises to help build important early literacy skills for children as well. The illustrations are full of fabulous fall colors and the story is a great read aloud as everyone can yell "run, turkey, run!" Those wishing to enjoy a turkey dinner today might be more sympathetic to the farmer gobbling grilled cheese, but it's fun all around.

For some more funny stories for the upcoming  holidays, you might try Lemony Snicket's The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming or The Lump of Coal.

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