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Author: Cathryn Falwell

Illustrator: Cathryn Falwell

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Publisher: Dawn Publications, 2011

Material: paperback

Summary: Spring is here! Jenny is exploring outside and hears a strange sound. What kind of animals make a gobble gobble sound? A big group of turkeys! Come along with Jenny as she watches the turkeys through the spring, summer, fall, and winter and discovers how they eat, play, hatch, and roost. Jenny even has a turkey journal at the end of the book with interesting facts about turkeys and resources for learning more. This informational picture book encourages exploration and also provides lots of facts about wild turkeys.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 3 to 10

Reading Level: 3.4

Age of Child: Read with children ages 3 and 5.

Young Reader Reaction: I picked this book the first time, but my kids asked to read it again. They liked the descriptions of turkey behavior and the amusing illustrations of those silly turkeys. Additionally, they love books about nature and this book does a great job of describing how these birds adapt to the changing seasons.

Adult Reader Reaction: I like it, too. I thought the premise was interesting and accessible to kids. Jenny's narration of the birds and the great illustrations made it an appealing book to read. I wasn't surprised that they liked it, they usually like books about nature, but I wasn't expecting how funny they found the turkeys and Jenny's descriptions.

Pros: Dynamic illustrations, a clever narration concept, and additional resources at the end make this an enjoyable read - and offers a topic kids can get interested in.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. I think this would be a great book to check out from the library, particularly in the fall.

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Educational Themes: In addition to learning about wild turkeys, the book introduces general themes of scientific exploration and respect for nature.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, rhyme, seasons, nature

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2016

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