FARMER GOFF AND HIS TURKEY SAM by Brian Schatell

FARMER GOFF AND HIS TURKEY SAM

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The joke is on Farmer Goff in this simple, cleverly contrived story about a prize trained turkey who performs at country fairs. Sam, the turkey, must continue to bring home blue ribbons to avoid being scrapped for a turkey dinner, but he resents being fed only turkey feed while Mrs. Goff's famous apple and turnip pies--her prizewinning fair entry--cool temptingly in the window. (In one picture we see stacked pie through all the windows, right up to the attic.) ""What good is winning blue ribbons if you can't eat pie?"" Schatell asks himself at the fair, and performs accordingly. Pitchfork-wielding Farmer Goff, now ridiculed by his opponents, is livid with broadly cartooned rage. Sam seems to be in even bigger trouble when he runs off and is trailed to Mrs. Goff's empty pie tins--all 294 of them. But Schatell saves Sam, appeases farmer Goff, and makes the story--by awarding the turkey a first-prize ribbon in the pie-eating contest. An apt ending to a neat tale.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1982
Publisher: Lippincott