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.
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.12 x 12 Featured Author, Authors, Books, Children's Books, Perfect Picture Book Friday, Picture Books · Tags: 12 x 12 Featured Author, Books, Children's Books, Perfect Picture Book Friday, Picture Books, Turkey Trouble, Wendi Silvano