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A Turkey for Thanksgiving

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  893 Ratings  ·  111 Reviews
Mr. and Mrs. Moose invite all their animal friends for Thanksgiving dinner and the only one missing is Turkey. When they set out to find him, Turkey is quaking with fear because he doesn't realize that his hosts want him at their table, not on it.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 18th 1995 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1991)
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Cute little story (the picture on the cover was a bit scary, I thought--but the ones in the book are a bit more gentle) about a moose who must get a "turkey for Thanksgiving dinner" for his wife. Of course, the turkey is to be a GUEST at the vegetarian feast but he (and perhaps young readers) do not know that until the end. So, depending on the age and sensitivity of your readers, it might be a bit disturbing for them to read and think poor turkey is being hunted (and also for them
Patrick Stoner
Mar 13, 2009 Patrick Stoner rated it really liked it
This is a good seasonal book. The book teaches children that friendship and kindness is what is important on Thanksgiving. Throughout the story, the reader believes that they are searching for a turkey to eat, but in the end, the turkey is simply invited to dine with the reast of the animals. This is an interesting twist and makes the story more enjoyable. Also, all of the animals work together to find the turkey, which teaches the children the importance of team work. This book would be good fo ...more
Nov 01, 2014 Tierney rated it really liked it
A sweet, turkey-friendly Thanksgiving tale with beautiful illustrations. It gave me a subtle opening to have the vegetarian Thanksgiving talk with Alice, though it's certainly by no means a vegetarian book.
Louisa Lesté-lasserre
Feb 21, 2014 Louisa Lesté-lasserre rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sarah
Recommended to Louisa by: Christa
I like the way that the turkey thinks he's gonna be eaten. But after, he finds out he's not gonna be eaten but he's just invited by Mr Moose! It's a very funny book.
Anna Summers
In the book, A Turkey for Thanksgiving, Mr. and Mrs. Moose are hosting Thanksgiving dinner for all of their animal friends. Everything is almost ready, but Mrs. Moose really wants a turkey. Mr. Moose and all of their friends go in search of a turkey. When they bring a turkey home, he is relieved to find out that he was wanted as a guest, not as dinner. I love this book! I was very surprised that the turkey was wanted as a guest too. Throughout the entire story, I thought for sure the turkey was ...more
Nov 04, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing
The book A Turkey for Thanksgiving is a great nonfiction book written by Eve Bunting about Mr. and Mrs. Moose who invite all their animal friends over for Thanksgiving dinner and the only one missing is Turkey. When they set out to find him, Turkey is quaking with fear because he doesn't realize that his hosts want him at their table, not on it. This was an adorable book and I think it is most appropriate for ages 5 and up. I think a lot of children will like this book. It’s cute, kind of funny, ...more
Ashli Stroyan
This is an adorable seasonal book that would be great to read around Thanksgiving. Mr. and Mrs. Moose are getting everything ready to have their woodland friends over for Thanksgiving dinner. Mrs. Moose is sad because they are always the only ones who don’t have a turkey for Thanksgiving. In hopes to making her Thanksgiving dream come true, Mr. Moose sets off in search for turkey. On his journey his other woodland friends accompany him on his search. When they finally encountered a turkey, the t ...more
Jorie Turner
Dec 02, 2007 Jorie Turner rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: grades k-3
Shelves: picture-book, fiction
Summary: Mrs. Moose is inviting everyone over for Thanksgiving, and tells Mr. Moose that she really wants a turkey, so Mr. Moose goes out on a search in order to have a turkey for dinner. On his way he finds all the other animals that are coming over for the feast and they all go on a search for a turkey together. When they find the turkey he is hiding and tells them all to go away. But Mr. Moose does not want to disappoint his wife and forces the turkey to come back to his house for dinner. Whe ...more
Dec 01, 2008 Annie added it
This book is super fun. Two moose (husband and wife) are preparing their table for Thanksgiving dinner. They have all places ready for all the animals to join them, a rabbit, goat, sheep, etc. expect for one animal, a turkey. The wife moose is extremly sad a turkey will not be there, so her husband sets off to find one. Along the way,he picks up all the animals that are going to join them for dinner and they attempt to find the turkey they want. They finally find one, and the turkey takes off
Mar 09, 2009 Amy rated it really liked it
Summary: Mr. and Mrs. Moose have invited all of their forest friends for Thanksgiving dinner, but one thing is missing-the turkey. They find one , and he becomes part of the dinner, but in an unexpected way. The wintery holiday illustrations compliment the text and humorously capture the turkey's emotions.

Audience: K-3

Uses: Could be used as an example of personification and use of irony. Could be used for story sequencing and plot development. Late early readers for guided reading, early transi
M.M. Hudson
Nov 14, 2014 M.M. Hudson rated it it was amazing
This adorable book is a great twist on the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. All the animals are invited to sit down and have dinner but the turkey has never been invited. I can't imagine why?

I found the books illustrations to be bold and quite eye catching as I would expect from a Scholastic book. Watching Mr. Moose's interactions and search for a turkey with his animal friends was humorous enough but once they found him, I wanted to laugh out loud.

I won't give away the ending here but this book
Madison Godfrey
Apr 30, 2014 Madison Godfrey rated it really liked it
Mr. and Mrs. Moose are on a search for a turkey to complete their table at Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey is expected to be a guest for dinner NOT part of the feast. This would be a fun book to read before Thanksgiving. The class could do an activity on what they would do if they were Turkey. This begins as a sweet story but has an interesting turn and depends on the age of the reader. If the reader is a little more mature they will be able to comprehend that real live turkeys are the same things a ...more
Apr 30, 2015 Jane rated it it was amazing
Eve Bunting has written the perfect book to appeal to a preschool age child's humor. A Turkey for Thanksgiving tells a story of Mr. Moose going out looking for a turkey to invite to Thanksgiving dinner, as a guest at their table, not part of dinner. My classroom of children giggle all the way through this story, as I read it each November and the turkey sits down at the table for dinner with his new friends. The illustrations are colorful and full of fall colors and the children love that the an ...more
Nov 19, 2010 Heidi rated it it was amazing
Thanksgiving books are so hard to find. I would really love to have a whole collection of them that we could read all through the month of November, but there are just not a ton of great ones out there. One that I do have, that is an absolute favorite is called "A Turkey for Thanksgiving", by Eve Bunting. The story is sweet without being sappy. There are some humorous twists and best of all, the illustrations are amazing! Mr. and Mrs. Moose want a turkey for Thanksgiving, so Mr. Moose sets out t ...more
Nov 17, 2010 Ronda rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, holidays
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Mar 13, 2016 Relyn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents and teachers
Recommended to Relyn by: I love Eve Bunting
Shelves: lawsonland
I have a string of Thanksgiving books that I read to my daughter and my second graders. These will be quick reviews based on the reactions of my daughter and students. I put the date the same for each book, but I really read them in the week leading up to Thanksgiving, and on Thanksgiving Day. Under the how many times I've read it category, that will be how many Thanksgivings I've used this book.

I love the surprise of this book. So do kids. And the illustrations are amazing. When I got this one
Apr 21, 2012 Peacegal rated it really liked it
Shelves: humane-education
Mr. and Mrs. Moose's Thanksgiving feast is almost ready--but where is Mr. Turkey?

Humane-minded adults will love that this is a book about having a turkey over for dinner--rather than having a turkey on the table! While the herbivorous animals chow down on their hearty meal of vegetables, the guest of honor--Mr. Turkey--is both relived and VERY thankful they didn't have other plans in mind!

Veg*n families who are searching for Thanksgiving stories that aren't all about cramming your face with poul
Nov 05, 2013 Jen rated it really liked it
I have been reading this book to my lower elementary classes this week and it's fun to see their reaction to the story at the end of the book. Mr. and Mrs. Moose are having a Thanksgiving feast for all of their animal friends, but there is one guest missing, Mr. Turkey! Everyone has a turkey for Thanksgiving, so Mr. Moose promises to get Mrs. Moose that turkey she so desires for their feast. Does she want a turkey to prepare or one to just dine with them?
Nov 12, 2014 Erin rated it really liked it
Mrs. Moose really wants to have a turkey for her Thanksgiving dinner. After all, everyone else had one. Mr. Moose promised to find one for her. He passes by all the other animals who are coming to dinner on his quest to find a turkey. He finally finds the turkey and brings him quite unwillingly to the house as promised. The turkey is very pleasantly surprised that he ends up being a guest for Thanksgiving instead of the main course.

Good for preschool storytimes.
Nov 27, 2011 Ina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storytime-reads
This is one of my favorite Thanksgiving book for toddler has lovely pictures, animals, humor and a happy ending. When Mr. and Mrs. Moose are putting the finishing touches on their Thanksgiving table and she wistfully expresses a wish for Turkey for Thanksgiving, since everybody has a turkey, Mr. Moose sets out to find one for her. All the other guests join him and help him find the perfect turkey for Mrs. Moose - the kids, worried about Mr. Turkey, love the twist at the end.
Jan 13, 2010 Mary rated it it was amazing
Another book chosen by my daughter. Mr. and Mrs. Moose are preparing for the Thanksgiving feast and Mrs. Moose is upset that she only has a paper turkey for Thanksgiving and her husband goes out with their friends to find a turkey to bring her for Thanksgiving. Poor turkey thinks that he is the main course and not a guest and is pleasantly surprised.
Cheryl Allred
Kids love this book! When Mr. Moose goes out looking for a turkey for Thanksgiving, you automatically think that he is going to eat it. Little do you know that he wants to have Turkey as a Thanksgiving guest. I just love the expressions on Turkey's face. A must read for Thanksgiving!
Feb 06, 2011 Mrs. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
One of my favorite Thanksgiving stories though younger children need it explained in the end. It can be perfect for older students as they will get the ending better. I like doing this book with multiple voices as a read aloud as it lends itself well to teaching voice and character in the text.
Matthew Hunter
Diane de Groat's artwork has merit. But overall, A Turkey for Thanksgiving's a morbid tale of a turkey scared to death of being eaten for Thanksgiving dinner. Instead of clarifying at the beginning that by "Everyone always has a turkey for Thanksgiving," Mrs. Moose means as a guest, Mr. Moose acts mindlessly (or intentionally?) in ways that fill the turkey with dread of an imminent demise. Bunting means to coax a knowing giggle out of her readers, but look at the scene where Mr. Moose steps on t ...more
Brian Stephens
Nov 19, 2016 Brian Stephens rated it it was ok
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A cute Thanksgiving story. Mrs. Moose always wanted a turkey for Thanksgiving, so Mr. Moose heads out to find one. The ending is a warm celebration of friendship. Another story to add to the turkey day rotation.
Ashley Jacobson
Dec 06, 2016 Ashley Jacobson rated it really liked it
This books isn't a favorite, but it's cute. The animals want a turkey for Thanksgiving, but what does that mean? Either way, turkey is scared. And the animals are persistent. It ends cute.
Nov 13, 2016 Caitlin rated it liked it
Dec 07, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: author-study
1. "A Turkey for Thanksgiving" written by Eve Bunting is a a heartwarming story about Mr. and Mrs. Moose and their preparation for Thanksgiving. Mr. Moose goes out into the wilderness, meeting friends along the way, and in search of Turkey. When he happens upon him, Mr. Moose states, "Turkey! Don't run. We just want you for Thanksgiving dinner" (Bunting, p. 19). However, Turkey thinks it is to eat him but in reality it was to invite him for Thanksgiving dinner. The creatures enjoy a wonderful Th ...more
Tayler Pomeroy
Dec 09, 2014 Tayler Pomeroy rated it really liked it
Shelves: t-l307
“A Turkey for Thanksgiving” is a cute picture book about Mr. Moose going to find a turkey for thanksgiving. He asks all his friends if they have seen a turkey, and when they finally track one down, they bring the turkey back to Mrs. Moose’s house where thanksgiving is prepared. They are all vegetation foods though. The turkey figured he was at the end of his life, but there was a mysterious plot twist. Books like this one are fun to read during the holidays. I read this book to kindergarteners w ...more
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Also known as Evelyn Bolton and A.E. Bunting.

Anne Evelyn Bunting, better known as Eve Bunting, is an author with more than 250 books. Her books are diverse in age groups, from picture books to chapter books, and topic, ranging from Thanksgiving to riots in Los Angeles. Eve Bunting has won several awards for her works.

Bunting went to school in Ireland and grew up with storytelling. In Ireland, “The
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