Book: Turkey Tot Author: George Shannon Illustrator: Jennifer K. Mann Publisher: Holiday House Date: August 31, 2014 Genre: children's picture book; 4 - 7 yrs, Preschool - 1 Pages: 32 Price: $16.77 My rating: wonderful story to encourage ingenuity
Turkey Tot by George Shannon is an adorable story reminding one of the story of the Little Red Hen.
Turkey Tot had three friends, Chick, Hen, and Pig. One day they spied juicy berries on a bush, but they were too high to reach. The friends sadly went on their way to the pond, but then Turkey Tot came up with an idea. If they could find … something … it would help them reach the berries, but his friends said no, they won’t find that, he’s being silly, and he has been different from the day he was hatched.
Turkey Tot was not one to give in to defeat. He kept coming up with ingenious ideas. His friends continued to reply the same negative way. Finally, they refused to listen to more of his schemes, so Turkey Tot worked at a plan alone with a variety of things he did manage to find.
When Turkey Tot appears in a way they never expect to see him – and with juicy berries to share – they marvel over his cleverness. After all, they decide, he has been different from the day he was hatched!
This is a cute story with bright, bold illustrations created by Jennifer K. Mann. The images give such expression to the story, each little character has its own personality and appeal. For little people learning to read, the font is large and dark for easy reading.
Children will enjoy this story, and very possibly be prompted to make things themselves. It’s a great way to encourage creativity and to encourage children to trust themselves, to not be discouraged by other people’s negativity, and to not give up trying.
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