A Turkey for Thanksgiving
Diane DeGroat, Illustrator
Clarion Books, 1991
From the jacket flap: “While setting the table for Thanksgiving dinner, Mrs. Moose tells her husband, “I wish we had a real turkey. Everyone always has a turkey for Thanksgiving.” So Mr. Moose sets out to find one for her. Their friends, Rabbit, Mr. and Mrs. Goat, Sheep, and Porcupine, join in the search, and at last they spot Turkey down by the river. But Turkey runs in fright when Mr. Moose calls to him. Why is he doing that? Mr. Moose wonders. Does Turkey have other plans for the day? This new holiday story by Eve Bunting captures the spirit of Thanksgiving sharing in a fresh and funny way.”
And funny it is. Poor Turkey – he sees all these folks coming for him and it’s Thanksgiving – it’s easy to guess what he’s thinking! Through the whole book I was wondering about Mr. Moose. Is he really going to kill a turkey for his wife? Surely not! Moose are vegetarians! I loved this book – out of all the Thanksgiving books I’ve read this season, this one is the best. The story is wonderful and the illustrations are beautiful (the expressions on Turkey’s face are spot on and priceless!). If you read only one book this season of sharing, read this one!
*Spoiler Alert*: no animals were harmed in the writing of this story!!!