All about Turkeys

by Jim Arnosky

Paperback, Scholastic, 1998



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Discusses turkeys, what they eat, where they sleep, and how they survive.


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LibraryThing member Michelle_Bales
This book tells all about turkeys, from the nesting of females, to hatching of eggs, to poults, to adults. The illustrations are pretty and informative. The writing, although informative, is not the smoothest and was a little choppy to read aloud.
LibraryThing member Tryante
The wild turkey is a American animal. Theinformative text and good use of watercolors takes us through the turkey's life cycle, habitat, and behavior . I wonder is this the actual turkey we eat? I think this book would be a good read during the Thanksgiving holiday.
LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
Prolific picture-book author and artist Jim Arnosky, who has created many works of natural history for younger children, turns to the wild turkey in this fifth entry in his All About... series. A large and hardy bird, native to the eastern region of the United States, as well as the southwest and
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parts of Mexico, the turkey is a non-migratory bird, and lives in flocks, resting in trees at night. They make their home in edge lands between forest and field, brush and open plain. Arnosky discusses their anatomy, feeding habits, and habitats, and concludes that they are survivors, toughing it out in many challenging situations...

Like its predecessors, All About Turkeys pairs an engaging and educational text with lovely watercolor illustrations, and would make an excellent introduction to this avian species for younger children. I learned a bit myself, as my familiarity with this bird - save as a traditional Thanksgiving dish - was practically non-existent before picking up the book. I had no idea, for instance, that the head and throat of male turkeys, or toms, can change color, depending upon their mood. I also wasn't aware that they were non-migratory, and that their range does not include Canada. All very interesting. Although I do wish (much as I do with the other titles in the series) that Arnosky had included a list of sources, or further reading ideas, leaving aside that one critique, I recommend this one to young animal and nature lovers, and to any picture-book reader interested in wild turkeys.
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½ (7 ratings; 3.9)
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