November 5, 2010

Turkey Day Books

I know that the grocery stores go right from Halloween candy to Christmas candy, but here at the Lemme Library, we like to celebrate a little holiday called Thanksgiving!  Here are some great books you might want to check out this month!

The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz (E HOR)
The poor ugly pumpkin!  He is lumpy and bumpy.  Nobody wants to take him home.  Nobody wants to carve him into a jack o'lantern.  He wanders into November, still looking for a place where he belongs.   He comes to a garden, and oh my gosh!  He realizes he's a squash!  He finally finds a home and sits down with new friends to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner (and a new love!)  A great book about accepting differences and being yourself!

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Pie by Alison Jackson (E JAC)
Just like the Old Lady Who swallows a fly, this lady has a BIG appetite!  She shows up for Thanksgiving dinner and proceeds to gobble down everything in her path.  

'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey (E PIL)
It was the night before Thanksgiving and a class of 8 boys and girls go on a field trip to the local turkey farm. Their lives are forever changed when they discover what will actually happen to the turkeys on Thanksgiving, so they hatch a plan to smuggle the turkeys out!  They all make it out alive and enjoy a nice vegan meal together! 

Turk & Runt by Lisa Wheeler (E WHE)
I love this book so much that I want to read it all year long, not just in November!  Turk and Runt are turkey brothers that live together on a turkey farm.  Turk is big and strong (and plump) and Turk is... well, he's a runt.  Everyone loves Turk- especially in November when people start coming to the farm for their Thanksgiving turkeys!  Runt knows what is going on, but nobody will listen.  Turks parents think people love him for his talent and strength- but Runt knows they love him for his tender, juicy meat! Runt saves his brother, and the entire family has a new appreciation of Runt.  This is a great story of brains beating brawn and the underdog (or turkey) coming out on top!

Thelonius Turkey Lives! (on Felicia Ferguson's Farm)  by Lynn Rowe Reed (E REE)
Thelonius Turkey is the only turkey on Felicia's farm.  She keeps fattening him up and making plans to take him in to town.  The farm animals help Thelonius distract Felicia- hoping his life will be spared.  When Felicia does take Thelonius into town, it it to collect his beautiful feathers to make hats at her hat factory... not to take him to the chopping block! 

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