Wednesday, November 22, 2006

I am the Turkey (review)

Michele Sobel Spirn. I am the Turkey. Illus. Joy Allen. New York: HarperCollins, 2004. 48pp. Grades 1st-3rd.

You will have the beginnings of a realistic fiction reader after they tackle this, “I Can Read!” book from HarperCollins. The Thanksgiving play is coming closer and Mark has been chosen for the part of the Turkey. All is sunshine and roses until Mark overhears his big brother call him the class turkey. Later, on the way home from school, big brother gives Mark the low-down, “The Pilgrims and the Indians eat you.” Mark suddenly has more to worry about than his lines, “Gobble! Gobble! Gobble!” He will have to try his darnedest not to be a dead duck or turkey in this case. Many new readers will relate to this book on different levels, having to participate in their first class play, being assigned parts that aren’t as cool as first thought, and the ever present older sibling that loves a good tease. Sit back and enjoy the pre-reading child sound out the word “thanksgiving” for the first time and without help. An accomplishment the child will wish to produce by returning to the book even after the holidays.

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