This Is the Turkey

Max is excited about the big turkey he has picked out for his family’s Thanksgiving dinner. He and his sister help prepare the fixings, and soon his friends and relatives bring their own dishes and merriment. Abby Levine’s humorous, rhyming story gets to the heart of the Thanksgiving celebration. Max and his family were first introduced in This Is the Pumpkin.

  • 24 Pages
  • 8" x 10"
  • 9780807578896
  • September 2000

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  • March 2015

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  • With rhythm and rhyme reminiscent of “The House that Jack Built” but without the cumulative lines, the text radiates warmth like a kitchen stove…The turkey incident will have children in stitches, and its handling within the story will reassure them of what’s really important on this day. The ink, pencil, and watercolor artwork mirror the spirit of the text, while adding its own visual action, emotion, and humor. An excellent addition to Thanksgiving story hours.

    - Booklist

  • The soft illustrations, rendered in watercolor, pencil, and ink, add humor and complement the activities in this holiday tale of food, family, and that occasional mishap that will be remembered for years to come. A perfect read-aloud.

    - School Library Journal

  • A great line-up for a holiday storytime…as satisfying as Thanksgiving dinner.

    - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Awards & Accolades

  • Pick of the Lists, ABA


    Common Core

    RL.K.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,10 RL.1.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,10 RF.K.2a


    • Accelerated Reader Points: 1.00
    • ATOS Level: 3.00