Storytime: Tricky Turkeys

As a vegetarian, I prefer to tell Thanksgiving stories where the turkeys DON’T end up as dinner =)

Sometimes It's Turkey, Sometimes It's Feathers by Lorna Balian

Sometimes It's Turkey, Sometimes It's Feathers by Lorna Balian

Sometimes It’s Turkey, Sometimes It’s Feathers by Lorna Balian

When she finds a turkey egg, Mrs. Gumm decides to hatch it and have a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.

Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr & illustrated by Laura Rader

Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr & illustrated by Laura Rader

Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr & illustrated by Laura Rader

With Thanksgiving only one day away, can Turkey find a place to hide from the farmer who’s looking for a plump bird for his family feast? Maybe he can hide with the pigs . . . or the ducks . . . or the horses . . . Uh-oh! Here comes the farmer! Run, Turkey, run!

'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey

'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey

‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey

School children on a field trip to Mack Nugget’s farm save the lives of eight turkeys in this poem based on “The Night Before Christmas.”

Turk and Runt by Lisa Wheeler & illustrated by Frank Ansley

Turk and Runt by Lisa Wheeler & illustrated by Frank Ansley

Turk and Runt by Lisa Wheeler & illustrated by Frank Ansley

Turk is the glamour boy of Wishbone Farm– the biggest, strongest, most graceful turkey in sight. While everyone else says Turk is a dancer or an athlete, his little brother, Runt, says Turk is a goner. But no one ever listens to Runt. Even without his glasses, he can see Turk’s fate. When November comes, Runt stages a fit, gobbling like a maniac, and saves his brother with antic cleverness.

A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman & illustrated by Jeff Shelly

A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman & illustrated by Jeff Shelly

A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman & illustrated by Jeff Shelly

Turkeys around Squawk Valley just don’t jump into pots anymore — they are way too smart for that. So the townspeople hatch a clever plan. They host a turkey-themed arts and crafts fair and lure a vain bird into town by advertising for an artist’s model. Peter the Turkey, proud of his well-stuffed form, takes the bait but doesn’t fall for the trap.

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