Turkey Tot
Turkey Tot
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Annotation: Turkey Trot and his friends must use their ingenuity to reach some fat, juicy blackberries hanging high over their heads.
Catalog Number: #82131
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Holiday House
Copyright Date: 2013
Edition Date: 2013
Illustrator: Mann, Jennifer K.,
Pages: 32
Availability: Out of Print
ISBN: Publisher: 0-8234-2379-4 Perma-Bound: 0-605-81763-4
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-8234-2379-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-81763-0
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2011022103
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Shannon's comically gangly turkey is a creative thinker, unlike pessimistic Pig, Hen, and Chick, who give up on reaching some high-growing blackberries. Like the industrious Little Red Hen, Turkey Tot keeps on working, and with a little imagination and a positive attitude, he succeeds. With its short sentences and humorous repetition, this makes an entertaining book for storytime as well as a good early reader.
Kirkus Reviews
A determined turkey gets the sweet, juicy, high-hanging berries. Turkey Tot is wandering about the bucolic farmstead--the reader winningly transported there via Mann's easy-handed, dark-lined, watercolor-washed artwork--where he lives with his friends Chick, Pig and Hen, in search of something to eat. Blackberries beckon, but they are too high to reach. So Turkey Tot looks about for some way to access the berries. His friends think all his ideas are cockamamie--and repeatedly so in Shannon's polyphonic refrain: "You're talking silly talk." "We can't reach the berries, and that is that." "He's been different since the day he hatched." They decide to take a nap by the pond. But Turkey Tot will not be discouraged. Perhaps his first few ideas are a little off note--one has him finding a ball of string to which, he figures, he will tie a balloon and float Pig up to berryland--but he finally manages to wire all his different schemes together and snag the berries. Then he shares them with his uninspired comrades, which is more than the Little Red Hen would have done. Good for Turkey Tot: freethinking, resolved, generous. Let's hope that when November rolls around, Turkey Tot has become the farm's mascot, not its dinner. (Picture book. 3-6)
School Library Journal
PreS-K&12; Turkey Tot thinks outside the box. He's hopeful, imaginative, and persistent, refusing to let his Debbie Downer friends in the farmyard discourage him. He's determined to retrieve juicy blackberries that hang just out of reach, but he needs a little help to implement the plans he makes to get within range. His enthusiastic schemes include floating up to the berries via a bunch of balloons and being flung at them from a teeter-totter. Naysayers Pig, Hen, and Chick tell him no way, no how. No matter, because Turkey Tot pulls together materials to make a pair of stilts from tin cans, and he fills a basket with the plump berries on his own. Now, his detractors sing a different tune. Hen's observation that Turkey Tot has been "different since the day he hatched" is no longer a criticism but a compliment. Shannon's writing is simple, clean, and cheerful, and his message of stick-to-itiveness is delivered perfectly. He also incorporates refrains that kids will have fun repeating during storytimes. Mann's illustrations, a blend of watercolor, pencil, and digital collage, pop against ample white space, and the four characters are depicted in a wonderfully silly and endearing style. This picture book, like its protagonist, is a bona fide winner.&12; Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR
Word Count: 505
Reading Level: 1.9
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 1.9 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 161434 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD450L

No sweet treat today! Those yummy-looking blackberries are out of reach. But Turkey Tot has found some string. He asks his friends to help him find a balloon so they can float up to the berries. But the friends find the idea preposterous. "He's been different since the day he was hatched," says Hen. Turkey Tot doesn't find balloons, but he does gather two cans, a hammer, and nail--and voilà! Stilts help Turkey Tot reach the berries. Budding engineers and other creative-minded kids will love Turkey Tot's optimism and can-do spirit.

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