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From the Turkey Trouble series , Vol. 7

Beachgoers will appreciate this funny, punny day by the shore.

Will Turkey ever be able to enjoy the beach?

Farmer Jake has set up a petting zoo on the beach boardwalk for the Summer Children’s Festival. All the animals are “happy to be there….Mostly.” But Turkey wants to leave the enclosure and explore. “I’ve never even had a chance to walk on a beach!” he exclaims. “So…long time, no sea?” chuckles Rooster. “Baaaad joke!” says Sheep. More delightfully groanworthy puns are sprinkled throughout the story as Turkey, helped by his farm friends, attempts to sneak onto the beach. First, Turkey disguises himself as a crab with beach ball eyes, a life-preserver body, and toy shovel claws. “Turkey looked just like a crab…almost.” Turkey scuttles to the water but is soon discovered by the lifeguard and guided back to the petting zoo. Turkey also becomes a seashell, a surfer, and a shark. Unfortunately, his costumes don’t fool the lifeguard or Farmer Jake. When Farmer Jake falls asleep, Rooster has the “gobbledy-great idea” of entering the sand-sculpture contest. Turkey’s dream comes true when the animals’ “Turkey Town” sculpture wins the grand prize—a free stay at a house on their own private beach. Cartoon illustrations featuring sandy beiges and ocean blues add humor through exaggerated facial expressions and the details of Turkey’s costumes. Farmer Jake and the lifeguard present White; other humans are diverse. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

Beachgoers will appreciate this funny, punny day by the shore. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: May 9, 2023

ISBN: 9781662508356

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Two Lions

Review Posted Online: Jan. 11, 2023

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2023

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While this is a fairly bland treatment compared to Deborah Lee Rose and Carey Armstrong-Ellis’ The Twelve Days of...

Rabe follows a young girl through her first 12 days of kindergarten in this book based on the familiar Christmas carol.

The typical firsts of school are here: riding the bus, making friends, sliding on the playground slide, counting, sorting shapes, laughing at lunch, painting, singing, reading, running, jumping rope, and going on a field trip. While the days are given ordinal numbers, the song skips the cardinal numbers in the verses, and the rhythm is sometimes off: “On the second day of kindergarten / I thought it was so cool / making lots of friends / and riding the bus to my school!” The narrator is a white brunette who wears either a tunic or a dress each day, making her pretty easy to differentiate from her classmates, a nice mix in terms of race; two students even sport glasses. The children in the ink, paint, and collage digital spreads show a variety of emotions, but most are happy to be at school, and the surroundings will be familiar to those who have made an orientation visit to their own schools.

While this is a fairly bland treatment compared to Deborah Lee Rose and Carey Armstrong-Ellis’ The Twelve Days of Kindergarten (2003), it basically gets the job done. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: June 21, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-06-234834-0

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: May 3, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2016

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A good bet for the youngest bird-watchers.

Echoing the meter of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” Ward uses catchy original rhymes to describe the variety of nests birds create.

Each sweet stanza is complemented by a factual, engaging description of the nesting habits of each bird. Some of the notes are intriguing, such as the fact that the hummingbird uses flexible spider web to construct its cup-shaped nest so the nest will stretch as the chicks grow. An especially endearing nesting behavior is that of the emperor penguin, who, with unbelievable patience, incubates the egg between his tummy and his feet for up to 60 days. The author clearly feels a mission to impart her extensive knowledge of birds and bird behavior to the very young, and she’s found an appealing and attractive way to accomplish this. The simple rhymes on the left page of each spread, written from the young bird’s perspective, will appeal to younger children, and the notes on the right-hand page of each spread provide more complex factual information that will help parents answer further questions and satisfy the curiosity of older children. Jenkins’ accomplished collage illustrations of common bird species—woodpecker, hummingbird, cowbird, emperor penguin, eagle, owl, wren—as well as exotics, such as flamingoes and hornbills, are characteristically naturalistic and accurate in detail.

A good bet for the youngest bird-watchers.   (author’s note, further resources) (Informational picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: March 18, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-4424-2116-5

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Jan. 3, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2014

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