Turkey Trouble

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Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Whimiscal tale of a turkey trying to save his own neck.

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Educational Value

Kids learn about farm animals and Thanksgiving traditions.

Positive Messages

Turkey Trouble offers positive messages about quick thinking and problem solving.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters are very simplistic, but funny and well-meaning.

Violence & Scariness

In an indirect sense, the turkey in this story is avoiding being eaten for Thanksgiving, but the reality of what he's dodging is only vaguely implied, never explicitly depicted.


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Turkey Trouble is a funny look at a turkey who puts on numerous barnyard disguises to avoid ending up as the Thanksgiving table's centerpiece. It's a silly take on a quick-thinking turkey's quest for self-preservation with no farm-to-table realities depicted.

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What's the story?

Turkey is in big trouble: It's Thanksgiving, and he's the main course. But perhaps this year will be different, if there is no Turkey to be found. To accomplish this, he attempts a number of disguises to blend in with some of the other farm mainstays and keep Farmer Jake off his scent. Can Turkey pull it off? Will his clever thinking save his neck, or will he find himself at the center of the table?

Is it any good?

TURKEY TROUBLE is an exercise in silliness, and the whimsical idea here, as well as the warm, earth-toned illustrations on watercolor, make for a fun read. Kids are likely to giggle over the various ways Turkey tries to pass as a pig, or a horse, or a rooster, and parents can get in on the fun of talking about how quick-thinking this bird is when it comes to saving himself.

It could also be a launchpad for discussion of where our food actually comes from. But here the tone is silly, light, and free-spirited.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Familes can talk about Thanksgiving traditions. What sorts of fun things does your family do to celebrate the holiday?

  • Do you know the story of Thanksgiving? For what reason do we celebrate this holiday every year?

  • In Turkey Trouble, the farmer and his family decide to have pizza instead of turkey this year. What foods do you enjoy for Thanksgiving? What are your favorites?

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