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Check It Out: Celebrating the turkey can be gobbles of fun

The Columbian
Published: November 4, 2023, 6:10am

It’s November, so let’s talk turkey. Gobble, gobble. Now that I have that out of my system, let’s talk turkey in a different way — through the magic of books! If I had to hazard a guess, November is probably not a turkey’s favorite month (for very obvious reasons). From a turkey’s point of view, that’s fair. Therefore, I dedicate this column to turkeys, and I shall not mention how tasty they are, especially combined with mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. Nope, I won’t say a word.

I have had the pleasure of living next door to turkeys, and they are charming, goofy neighbors. In fact, I am a turkey fangirl. One day I watched a turkey bust out of its enclosure, run across the lawn, hop up on the porch and take a good, long stare inside the front window. What was going on there? I’ll never know, but that turkey had some chutzpah, for sure!

Celebrating the turkey — as a bird, not dinner — can be gobbles of fun when you read turkey-themed picture books. Check out this week’s list for cold turkeys, turkeys on the run, pint-sized turkeys, bored turkeys and a turkey who really, really wants to go to school. Go, gobblers, go!

  • “Cold Turkey” written by Corey Rosen Schwartz, illustrated by Chad Otis.
  • “How to Catch a Turkey” written by Adam Wallace, illustrated by Andy Elkerton.
  • “Teeny Tiny Turkey” written by Rachel Matson, illustrated by Joey Chou.
  • “There Was a Turkey on the Farm” written and illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev.
  • “Turkey Goes to School” written by Wendi Silvano, illustrated by Lee Harper.