This Is the Turkey

written by Abby Levine, illustrated by Paige Billin-Frye

The whole family is making preparations for guests at a Thanksgiving feast including roasting “a turkey to shout about”.

Getting ready for the Thanksgiving dinner is the focus of this story using a cumulative pattern. Included are names of many different family members and the foods being prepared. Somehow the delicious looking roasted turkey ends up in the fish tank but Grandma says, “We have all we need because everyone’s here.” The illustrations done in watercolor, pencil, and ink are full of details of family life. Notice the red eyes of the little boy after the turkey goes for a swim.

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There is a wonderful 2-page spread at the end of the book that shows the various family members engaged in a multitude of after dinner activities.