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Turkey for Me, Turkey for You

“...Let’s eat turkey in a big brown shoe.” Ah, Adam Sandler’s Turkey Song is Thanksgiving for me.

Today I had every intention of simply reposting my favorite Thanksgiving storytime books, only to find that I have never written about them. Well, no matter. I haven’t investigated new Thanksgiving books for a while, so these are old favorites of mine.

Thanksgiving in the White HouseThanksgiving in the White House, by Gary Hines
President Abraham Lincoln’s youngest son, Tad, is very fond of Jack the turkey. He has tamed him and taught him tricks, and the bird follows him all around the White House yard. But Jack was meant to be the main dish of the first official Thanksgiving celebration. Big problem! Can Tad convince his father to spare the turkey?

This Is the TurkeyThis Is the Turkey, by Abby Levine
Follow the standard rhyme of “This is the House that Jack Built,” this book describes the activities of a young boy and his extended family as they share Thanksgiving. I particularly like that an African American girl is featured on the book cover, showing a mixed-race family.

’Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving’Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving, by Dav Pilkey
Using the format of Clement Moore’s classic Christmas poem, we’re treated to a story about eight boys and girls whose trip to a turkey farm leads to a surprise. The book is blunt at times, but always funny, especially when the kids leave the farm considerably fatter and with feathers sticking out from their coats.


Terry Doherty said...

Thanks for sharing. I hadn't seen that video before. My favorite is probably his Hanukkah song.

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

One of my favorite turkey Day books is:
Thanksgiving on Thursday (Magic Tree house #27)
Market My words (http://faeriality.blogspot.com/)

Jennie said...

OMFG. Dan has been singing that at the top of his lungs all month!

And, since we're serving Turduckin this year, he's been tinkering with the lyrics... (nothing overly catchy yet, or I'd share)

Sherrie Petersen said...

I love the Dav Pilkey story. He is so funny. And I love that Adam Sandler song. I had no idea it was a book! Thanks!

Kelly Polark said...

Ha! I have that Adam Sandler CD..he's so funny!
My kids enjoy the Night Before Thanksgiving story each year!

Anonymous said...

I love the last book., So funny!!

Lee Wind, M.Ed. said...

I guess no-one has yet written the opus at our house:

A Thanksgiving Pardon For Turkeys Everywhere.

(I'm still working on the title...)

Um, maybe I should stick to YA!

have a great holiday!


Peaceful Reader said...

I also love A turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting. Kids love the idea that the turkey gets to eat and not be eaten.