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Author: Lorna & Lecia Balian

Illustrator: Lecia Balian

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Publisher: Humbug Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Mrs. Gumm finds a turkey egg. She takes it home to hatch and raise the turkey for a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner. Preparing for Thanksgiving and sharing the holiday with those who are special to us take center stage in this book.

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

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 4 to 9

Age of Child: Read with child 21 months old.

Young Reader Reaction: Our toddler was surprisingly interested in this book. We thought the olive green and white illustrations wouldn't grab her attention, but they were engaging and the active story helped keep her engaged, too. She enjoyed reading it several times in success

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a fun, pre-Thanksgiving story. How can you go wrong when the turkey goes from being the planned main course to a guest at Thanksgiving dinner.

Pros: The story is sweet. It emphasizes that Thanksgiving is about the importance of sharing special times with family and friends.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy it. Although a toddler may not understand it yet, there is great potential for a "family tradition" in readin gthis book with preschool and kindergarten children.


Educational Themes: The story offers the opportunity to go beyond learning about "what" Thanksgiving dinner is to why we celebrate it, namely that family and friends are special.

Notes: sells this book. Amazon listed it as out of print but had used copies available.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, Thanksgiving, family, animal characters, cultures and tradition

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2003

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