'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving, written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey, begins the day before Thanksgiving as a group of eight students embarks on a field trip to a turkey farm. All is fine and dandy until the children discover what is to become of Farmer Mack Nuggett's turkeys later that night...they will become turkey dinner. Children ages 3-8 will love this cute story told with the same shell as the original 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. Don't worry there's a happy ending for all, well except maybe Farmer Mack Nuggett. It received two thumbs up from my four year old as he exclaimed, "Read it again! Read it again!"
Turk and Runt written by Lisa Wheeler and illustrated by Frank Ansley, is a Thanksgiving story told from the side of the turkey. Turk is a large talented turkey, with hopes of being chosen for a lead part in swan lake or on the Thanksgiving Day football team. However, his smarter, much smaller brother Runt knows how the holiday works. He outsmarts several turkey buyers and keeps his brother safe, until a little old lady spies a perfect little turkey that's just her size. Will Runt's family figure out the truth about Thanksgiving before it's too late for poor little Runt? This is a great picture book for young children who will just think it's a cute story to older children who will understand the humor of the situation. It may even have you thinking like my four year old son, "But why doesn't the turkey want to be eaten?" Very good question.