After a little lost turkey wanders onto Belle and Fred's farm, Belle's garden becomes the most beautiful one in the neighborhood. Everyone wants to know her secret, but Belle won't tell. Then, while she is out of town, another turkey comes to roost on the farm...and then another...and another...until the whole farm is overrun! Fred is at his wit's end when his neighbors offer to help- if he'll share Belle's secret. Will Fred tell, or will Belle's garden be ruined?
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Megan Lloyd has illustrated many fine books for children, including "Too Many Pumpkins" by Linda White and "The Gingerbread Man" by Eric A. Kimmel. For this book she painted in the very old medium of egg tempera to capture the flatter style of nineteenth-century itinerant limners. She lives on a farm in central Pennsylvania with her husband, near where this book was set.
Linda White is the author of Too Many Pumpkins and Too Many Turkeys. Ms. White lives in Colorado.
Gr 1-3–Belle and Fred have a secret to their flourishing, bountiful garden–their “special formula fertilizer” is “a little of this, a smidge of that,” or, actually, a generous helping of manure from the couple's recently adopted turkey. Buford is a benefit until the day Belle leaves for her annual birdhouse convention and local wild-turkey hens attempt to move in on the garden. With a “flip, a flop, and a flutter,” dozens of them descend on the yard and avoid Fred's repeated attempts to persuade them to leave. Fans of White's Too Many Pumpkins (Holiday House, 1996) will appreciate the community-friendly inspiration that enables Fred to solve his dilemma. Bright watercolors wash over detailed illustrations of Belle's garden, the couple's house, and “casa Buford.” A flurry of feathers with increasing numbers of turkey hens builds until birds and foliage begin to spill over illustration frames. Text moves readers forward with italicized first-person ruminations and the occasional “but then...” encouragement to turn the page. An engaging story with a delightfully appropriate final view of Buford's new roommate(s), this book is a welcome addition for all libraries.Mary Elam, Learning Media Services Plano ISD, TX
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Book Description Holiday House, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110823423840
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