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
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
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 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
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.