Monday, November 22, 2010

Talkin' Turkey

Turkey Trouble (Marshall Cavendish, 2009)
The noble turkey. Benjamin Franklin lobbied for this bird to be the official symbol of the United States. Yes, the turkey--a bird that is so stupid, farmers have to put shiny marbles in their feed bins to entice them to peck at their grain. Otherwise, they starve.

But that's the farm-bred version, the white kind. Most of us think of wild turkeys--those colorfully feathered, chubby creatures that flock in meadows and fallow fields--when we allow ourselves to think of turkeys at all.

Actually, most Americans probably think of tracing their hands on brown construction paper.

Nevertheless. This week we look at some covers that are real turkeys.

Above/right, an evocative illustration, indeed, in Turkey Trouble, illustrated by Lee Harper, text by Wendi Silvano.

Next is this marvel. Detailed, almost regal, and that sweeping ribbon is really eye-catching.

Thanksgiving Is . . . Gail Gibbons (Holiday House, 2004)
Jim Arnosky can make even a turkey into a work of art:

I'm a Turkey! by Jim Arnosky (Scholastic, 2009)
Someone else remembers those "hand-painted" turkeys of our youth:

Setting the Turkeys Free by W. Nikola-Lisa, Ken Wilson-Max, illus. (Hyperion, 2004)
And again here. This cover looks better enlarged to show texture:

The Perfect Thanksgiving by Eileen Spinelli, Joann Adinolfi, illus. (Square Fish, 2007)
An easy reader with an interesting (to an adult, anyway) cover. Note that the tom is holding a smaller copy of the book:

Turkey Riddles by Kati Hall and Lisa Eisenberg, illus. by Kristin Sorra (Puffin, 2005)

10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston, Rich Deas, illus. (Scholastic, 2004, board book version)
They grow 'em with fur in Albuquerque, apparently:

Albuquerque Turkey, adapted by B.G. Ford, illus. by Lucinda McQueen (Sterling, 2005)
How could you not open this one, if even just to find out why this fellow's got a Pilgrim action figure under his wing?

Over the River: A Turkey's Tale by Derek Anderson (Simon and Schuster, 2005)
Humble and lovable. You gonna eat this guy?

T Is for Turkey by Tanya Lee Stone , Gerald Kelley, illus. (Price Stern Sloan, 2009)
Cute for the youngest book lovers:

Five Silly Turkeys by Selina Yoon (Price Stern Sloan, 2005)

So . . . tofurkey this year?

And now, for comparison's sake, the real thing:

BONUS COVER! Below: Not a turkey at all, but this Thanksgiving cover is just too darling to omit:

One Is a Feast for Mouse: A Thanksgiving Tale by Judy Cox, illus. by Jeffrey Ebbeler (Holiday House, 2008)

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