Turk and Runt: A Thanksgiving Comedy

ISBN 13: 9781448725465

Turk and Runt: A Thanksgiving Comedy

 
9781448725465: Turk and Runt: A Thanksgiving Comedy

Turk's parents are proud of him, the biggest, strongest, most graceful bird at Wishbone Farm.

"He's a dancer," says his mother.

"He's an athlete," says his father.

"He's a goner," says his little brother, Runt.

But no one ever listens to Runt -- even after people with seasonal plans and roasting pans begin showing up at Wishbone Farm, or even after the juiciest turkeys are chosen, one by one.

"Chosen for what?" Turk asks.

No one wants to hear Runt's answer. But you will laugh at what he has to do to get the family's attention. They are, after all, turkeys. And rarely has a story about them been told with such warmth and cleverness. Or with such witty pictures.

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About the Author:

Lisa Wheeler's first book was Wool Gathering: A Sheep Family Reunion, illustrated by Frank Ansley. In a starred review of Wool Gathering, Publishers Weekly said, "This waggish collection of poems about an unorthodox family get-together brims with enough visual and verbal fun to appeal to both parents and children alike."

She has also recently published Sailor Moo: Cow at Sea, with pictures by Ponder Goembel. Raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Lisa grew up rooting for the Steelers, but now cheers for the Lions from her family's home in the suburbs of Detroit. Fall, food, and football are three of her favorite things, so Thanksgiving is a happy holiday.

From School Library Journal:

PreSchool-Grade 2-Turk is "the biggest, strongest, and most graceful bird on Wishbone Farm." His younger brother, "Runt," has figured out why people come to the farm in November, but no one wants to listen. Their mother thinks that a young turkey will be singled out to be "the lead dancer in Swan Lake," and their father believes the chosen one will "play in the Thanksgiving Day football game." Runt remains the voice of reason throughout, humorously hinting at the truth, while being disregarded by the others. Much to his parents' dismay, Runt is able to drive away customers who are interested in his tasty-looking big brother. One November day, a little old lady comes along who decides Runt is just the right size for her holiday table. As usual, nobody pays attention to his cries for help, until his burly brother finally catches on. Safe for the Thanksgiving holiday, the birds finally acknowledge Runt's intelligence, and work together come Christmastime. Ansley's pen-and-ink and watercolor cartoons are a riot and elevate the simple plot to high drama. A silly, but thoroughly enjoyable holiday selection.
Melinda Piehler, North Tonawanda Public Library, NY
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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