We’re planning a big lunch on Thursday. Please come early. It wouldn’t be any fun without you.
Love, Mr. and Mrs. Chris P. Byrd
Of course the hungry birds accept politely! Ten turkeys stuffed with personality set off for the gathering. With each step closer, questions arise—are they to be guests at the table—or on it? Through a repetitive counting chorus, they drop out one by one as they each get a hunch about lunch. Didn’t they just see a carved pumpkin last month? Could this month be Thanksgiving? As half of the birds disappear, the remaining number wonder if lunch might be a trap. Will there be foul play? Will any of the turkeys make it to lunch? Silly puns, comic illustrations, and singsong rhymes combine in this counting story with a happy ending.
About the Author
Author and educator Tilda Balsley has both the education and experience to know what gets children hooked on reading. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and a frequent presenter at schools, book clubs, and libraries.
About the Illustrator
Ilene Richard earned a BFA in graphic design and illustration from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Her art has been exhibited widely and she is a member of the National Association of Women Artists. In her spare time she studies martial arts.
Ten Hungry Turkeys
Written by Tilda Balsley
Illustrated by Ilene Richard
32 pp. 11 x 11 31 illus.
JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Thanksgiving
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Turkeys
JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Counting & Numbers
Age & grade: 3-8 &Pre-K3
Reading ease: 91.4 Flesch-Kincaid grade level: 2.5