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It's almost Thanksgiving, and Tuyet is excited about the holiday and the vacation from school. There's just one problem: her Vietnamese American family is having duck for Thanksgiving dinner - not turkey! Nobody has duck for Thanksgiving - what will her teacher and the other kids think? To her surprise, Tuyet enjoys her yummy thanksgiving dinner anyhow - and an even bigger ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Albert Whitman Company
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Mariah Roze
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book that teaches about tolerance and the true importance of Thanksgiving. You should be thankful for your life and spend it with your friends and family. It does not matter what you eat.
Abigail
Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Children's Stories Featuring Diverse Ways of Celebrating Thanksgiving
Tuyet is excited to celebrate Thanksgiving at home, but dismayed that her Vietnamese-American family's feast will involve duck, rather than the more traditional turkey. She tries to convince her mother and grandmother that this is Turkey Day, just like she learned at school, but is informed in return that her family prefers duck. Tuyet too enjoys duck, and has a good time with her cousins on Thanksgiving Day itself. But what will she tell her teacher and classmates, when they discuss their holid ...more
Kathryn
4.5 STARS

Tuyet and her classmates focus on turkeys, turkeys, turkeys in class leading up to Thanksgiving. When class is out before the Thanksgiving break, Tuyet's teacher even wishes them "Happy Turkey Day!" But when Tuyet gets home, she finds out that her Vietnamese-American family is having *duck* for Thanksgiving! Tuyet is crushed. How will it be a real Thanksgiving feast without turkey!?

This is a sensitive and engaging story to which many children will probably be able to relate, no matter t
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Allison Barry
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Text-to-self: This story reminds me of a time when I found out my cousin was having duck for Thanksgiving. I was in such a shock! All I eat for Thanksgiving is turkey because that is what my culture grew up having. I can only imagine how my cousin felt when he told all his friends that he didn't have turkey for Thanksgiving. Now, I feel bad for asking him why he wasn't having turkey for Thanksgiving! It's okay to not fit in with the norm.

Text-to-text: I read a book called, Thanksgiving Rules by
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Lisa
Nov 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-lit
Probably a 4 from me and a 4.5 or 5 from my kids due to the unintentional laugh line at the end (see note below). I liked that this book explored what other families eat for Thanksgiving... and that there was acceptance and appreciation on the main character's part at the end for her own traditions.

Personal Note: My family thought it was hysterical that they mentioned the vegetarian family and their tofurky. This was not meant to be humorous at all but my two kids burst out laughing since I hav
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ABC
Nov 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: younger-kids
Tuyet's Vietnamese-American family is having duck for Thanksgiving. But she is embarrassed it is not turkey! She tells her teacher she had duck, and the other kids say what they had: Noodles, roast beef, tofu turkey, enchiladas, etc.
Candice M (tinylibrarian)
Nov 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
"It doesn't matter what you eat on Thanksgiving, as long as you have a good time with family and friends." - from Duck for Turkey Day

A super cute, multicultural story about Thanksgiving.
Ina
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storytime-reads
This is a great book to remind us that we "Americans" are often from other places in the world and that we are a culture of many traditions. Tuyet is a young Vietnamese-American girl, who enjoys all her class preparations for Thanksgiving. When her teacher wishes them all a "Happy Turkey Day" she excitedly comes home to talk to her mom about getting turkey for the big day...only to be told that at their house they would be serving duck in a spicy sauce. As the daughter of non-American parents, I ...more
Peacegal
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Tuyet's family is Vietnamese-American. After making turkey-themed crafts at school, she's more than a little disappointed that her family isn't planning on having a turkey's carcass on the table for their Thanksgiving dinner--but rather a duck's instead. She worries that her family is doing the holiday "wrong."

However, on the day after Thanksgiving, she hears about the wide variety of meals the other children's families ate on the holiday--from enchiladas to tofu turkey. Tuyet learns from her te
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Victoria
Apr 17, 2012 added it
Shelves: text-set
Duck for Turkey Day is a story about how a young girl, Tuyet, struggles with not eating turkey with her family on Thanksgiving. Tuyet tries to convince her mother that they must eat turkey for dinner, but does not succeed. Her grandmother and cousins also seem to be excited rather than upset about eating duck on Thanksgiving. Tuyet ends up having a great Thanksgiving, enjoying her family's company and their traditional foods. When she returns to school, Tuyet is embarrassed to share with the cla ...more
Josiahpa
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Tuyet celebrates thanksgiving differently than most people. She is having duck for thanksgiving dinner instead of turkey. She feels ashamed about this and thinks that her teacher and friends will think she’s weird for this. The teacher ends up throwing a multicultural representation of thanksgiving and she figures out that thanksgiving will be great regardless of what meat she eats and that different people do holidays in different ways and that it is ok for her to be different. This book fits m ...more
Annie Do
Mar 02, 2017 rated it liked it
This book tells a story of a young girl and her frustrations in regards to her experience of two cultures. She learned in school that Americans eat turkey for Thanksgiving Day, but the influence of her Vietnamese culture back at home allows her to eat duck for Thanksgiving Day instead. She was upset and struggles to deal with the idea of having duck for dinner, and she ended up crying when her teacher asked her what she had for Thanksgiving dinner. The ending of the book wraps everything up by e ...more
Francis Camama
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having come from an Asian background and family, this book spoke so much to my experiences! I found myself feeling so sympathetic to how Tuyet felt. Feeling embarrassed that we didn't have a traditional thanksgiving I told my mom all about it but just like Tuyet I realized that it didn't matter what you ate. All that mattered was being with friends and family.

This book is wonderful way for children to truly see differences in how we celebrate holidays and also how we view holidays. For some, Tha
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Timmy Kao
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The author of this story writes about a young girl named Tuyet who likes Thanksgiving but hates the way her family celebrates it by having duck. She talks about how Thanksgiving is supposed to be like in class with a turkey but thinks her parents do not understand. You can tell her frustration and sadness through the book because the illustrator does a great job at drawing in those facial expressions. When the day comes for everyone to share what they did for Thanksgiving and what had to eat, Tu ...more
Jennifer Kim
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
“Duck for Turkey Day” tells a fictional story about a Vietnamese girl and her feelings of confusion between her Vietnamese culture at home and American culture at school. This story tells of how the young girl, Tuyet, finds out how her family will be having duck rather than turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. She is upset and fearful until she finds out that her fellow peers have different experiences on Thanksgiving Day as well. This story could teach my students about holidays and school environme ...more
Ally Gregory
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Duck for Turkey Day by Jacqueline Jules is about a Vietnamese girl who feels as if she is different than the rest of her classmates because on Thanksgiving she has duck instead of turkey. She worries that she will be looked as weird and different. When her class has a Thanksgiving day celebration, she finds out that everyone is different and they all eat different things, she is not the only one who doesn't eat turkey. But at the end of the day they all have something in common and that is famil ...more
Natalie Bui
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tuyet’s Vietnamese-American family is having duck for Thanksgiving, and Tuyet’s not too happy about it since it’s not turkey. While she wants to be respectful of her family culture, she fears what others will think of her at school. It’s a sweet story about acceptance and cultural differences.

ANALYSIS
Readers can identify with Tuyet when she feels insecure about how different her family does Thanksgiving. When Tuyet confesses that her family had duck, the whole class lists food that they had inst
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Priscilla Johnson
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
In this story a little girl celebrates Thanksgiving with the hope of having turkey for dinner. Her Thanksgiving dreams are crushed when her family wants to eat duck on Thanksgiving instead of turkey. When she returns to school she is nervous to tell the class she didn’t have turkey on Thanksgiving. She learns from her classmates and teacher that looks different in every home because of all the different traditions families have.

This is a WOW book for me because it teaches our students about cult
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Angela
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Kasmarine
Duck for Turkey Day (2009) is Vietnamese American realistic fiction. Jacqueline Jules suggested that “it doesn’t matter what you eat on Thanksgiving, as long as you have a good time with family and friends.” She developed it through the eye of a Vietnamese girl, Tuyet, who understood that Thanksgiving meant turkey but her family preferred duck. Back to school, Tuyet’s eyes were burn with tears when the teacher ask the class to talk about their dinner, but to her surprise, none of the children h ...more
Christine Turner
It's almost Thanksgiving, and Tuyet is excited about the holiday and the vacation from school. There's just one problem: her Vietnamese American family is having duck for Thanksgiving dinner - not turkey! Nobody has duck for Thanksgiving - what will her teacher and the other kids think? To her surprise, Tuyet enjoys her yummy thanksgiving dinner anyhow - and an even bigger surprise is waiting for her at school on Monday. Dinners from roast beef to lamb to enchiladas adorned the Thanksgiving tabl ...more
Hannah McGee
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! In fact, I plan on buying it later on in life. It has a wonderful story on spending Thanksgiving with family for all kinds of different cultures. If I used this book in my future classroom, I would use this book to teach 1st- 3rd Graders about how Thanksgiving is different for everyone of all cultures and backgrounds. The story would be useful in my class as I would most likely have multiple cultural backgrounds for my students. Also this book is great for higher le ...more
Cathy
Nov 04, 2014 rated it liked it
It's almost Thanksgiving, and Tuyet is excited about the holiday and the vacation from school. There's just one problem: her Vietnamese American family is having duck for Thanksgiving dinner - not turkey! Nobody has duck for Thanksgiving - what will her teacher and the other kids think? To her surprise, Tuyet enjoys her yummy thanksgiving dinner anyhow - and an even bigger surprise is waiting for her at school on Monday. Dinners from roast beef to lamb to enchiladas adorned the Thanksgiving tabl ...more
Sydney Ossege
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think that this book is a very clever way of showing the differences to teachers that are brought into a classroom. For this example, a little girl and her family are Vietnamese and do not celebrate Thanksgiving in the way that is traditional. Instead of a turkey, they have a duck. This is very scary to the girl, because she does not hear anyone else saying something different they are having but a turkey. She is excited for the break, but does not want to be different. however, the teacher re ...more
Kayla Quinn
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book can teach children that it is okay to not have turkey on Thanksgiving. The little girl in the story was from Vietnam, and they do not have turkey, they had duck. She was upset because she didn't know why she had duck instead. In the end the lesson was it does not matter what you have on Thanksgiving, just as long as your with friends and family. Children who may not understand why others from different cultures may not have the same types of foods on holidays need to read this book. Or ...more
Anne
Mar 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, picture-books
Tuyet has been doing a lot of things with her class at school before they let out for the Thanksgiving holiday: making pine cone turkeys, singing turkey songs, learning about pilgrims and Native Americans. Their teacher let's them out at the end of the day and tells them to have a happy turkey day. When Tuyet gets home, her mom talks about the duck they are going to cook for their family. Tuyet is upset that they will not be eating turkey for turkey day. She even looks to see if she has enough m ...more
Jackie
Tuyet learns a valuable lesson after she is sad that her Vietnamese family only has duck on Thanksgiving Day. She is sure that families must have turkey in America to celebrate the big day, after all, she learned all about the traditions in school.

But when Mrs. Cook, her teacher, asks everyone how Turkey Day was, Tuyet is surprised to learn that many of her classmates celebrated with their own traditional foods too...and she comes to realize that giving thanks is not about what types of foods y
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Julie
This is a sweet story about a little Vietnamese American girl who is embarrassed that her family isn't having turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. She learns that it doesn't matter what you eat for Thanksgiving, and that many of her friends have non-traditional foods too.

So far so good, BUT this story could go so much further and have so much more meaning if it took the time to teach that Thanksgiving is about being THANKFUL. It never once addresses the true meaning of Thanksgiving, and continually r
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Amanda Walz
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
At first read, I liked this book. I think its a good multicultural book with good themes around food. But there are a couple points that bothered me.

When Tuyet is in school learning about Thanksgiving there is talk of turkeys, pilgrims and Native Americans, but there is nothing mentioned about being thankful or giving thanks.

Also near then end, the teacher Mrs. Cook, makes a good point but still doesn't mention anything about thanks. Then the ending page, it's words were a little flat.

All in al
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Stacy
Nov 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This is a great book that teaches children that it does not matter what you eat for Thanksgiving, but be thankful for your family and friends. I think it does a great job of showing that not all children come from the same background but we all have the ability to stop and be thankful for our lives. The pictures in the book are amazing and you really get the feeling that this poor little girl wants some turkey bc she thinks that is the norm, but once she gets to school and sees that not EVERYONE ...more
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