Not This Turkey!
Author- Jessica Steinberg
Illustrator- Amanda Pike
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Hardcover: 32 pages
Reading age: 4 – 8 years
A charming book encapsulating different perspectives on culture, tradition, holidays, and celebrations.
Being Jewish, Mel and his family have never celebrated Thanksgiving despite living in America for several years. Then one day, the father wins a live turkey from a raffle at work. A laugh riot ensues. The father leads the turkey home on a leash; Mel names the bird Indik, a Yiddish word for turkey, and even starts bonding with the new mate. The holiday dinner is announced, and Mel realizes the new friend is the last thing he wants on his dinner plate.
A stroll to the butcher brings the story to a humorous conclusion. Mel and his family discover a new holiday and put their own spin on it.
A book about adapting to a new country and new holidays but still being true to self! This one would appeal to all animal lovers and vegetarians too!
A recipe for Cranberry Apple Kugel at the end is an absolute treat!