My selection for this week’s Perfect Picture Book Friday is one of our family favorites, and is written by our February 12 x 12 featured author Wendi Silvano.

Turkey Trouble Turkey Trouble

Written by Wendi Silvano  Illustrated by Lee Harper

Two Lions (October 1, 2009)

Suitable for: Ages 6-8

Themes/Topics:  Thanksgiving, Holidays, Friendship, Humor

Opening/Synopsis: From Amazon: “Turkey is in trouble. Bad trouble. The kind of trouble where it’s almost Thanksgiving . . . and you’re the main course. But Turkey has an idea–what if he doesn’t look like a turkey? What if he looks like another animal instead?
After many hilarious attempts, Turkey comes up with the perfect disguise to make this Thanksgiving the best ever!”

Activities: Wendi has a link on her website to more than 20 teacher-created teaching packets for Turkey Trouble. Another great idea is to have kids draw a turkey and give him a disguise as the children in this classroom did.

Why I Like This Book: Simply put, this book is hilarious. It takes what could be considered a tired theme and makes it brand new. The illustrations are amazing and I’m not sure who finds it funnier – me or my kids. We read it when we need a pick-me-up at any time of the year – not just Thanksgiving. I also like the very subtle message about taking responsibility for your actions. When Turkey inadvertently puts his friend in danger as a result of his attempts to save his own skin, he gets creative about how to rectify the mistake in a humorous way.

For more fantastic picture books and resources please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books.

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  1. Thank you Julie! And than you all the 12 X 12 members for the kind comments on my February post! I feel spoiled.

  2. I can’t wait to meet Turkey and experience him for myself.

  3. Looks a blast, and I am so impressed with all Wendi’s activities.

  4. I think I’ll serve up this turkey for Thanksgiving. I can’t think of a better read for the holiday. Cute, cute, cute.

  5. Mr. Harper is a great artist! He’s a nice guy too! 😀

  6. I can’t wait to check it out!

  7. OMGoodness, it sounds like such a fun book!

  8. This is a perfect picture book!

  9. Funny, funny, funny! I’ll have to find this one. Thanks!

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