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Cassie, Wing, and Ollie all want to be the Thanksgiving Turkey! They decide to have a contest to see which of them Farmer Joe should pick. Will it be a happy Thanksgiving for all?


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Cassie, Wing, and Ollie all want to be the Thanksgiving Turkey! They decide to have a contest to see which of them Farmer Joe should pick. Will it be a happy Thanksgiving for all?

30 review for The Great Turkey Race

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette Frank

    This is one of my all time favorite books to read to my students around Thanksgiving time. With this book we meet the characters and talk about character development. We also learn what eavesdropping means and what can happen when you eavesdrop. My students love this story and by the end it has them all in stitches. This is the first story in a series of three and after we read this story every year we do a guided turkey drawing. Then the students take their turkey drawing home and send their To This is one of my all time favorite books to read to my students around Thanksgiving time. With this book we meet the characters and talk about character development. We also learn what eavesdropping means and what can happen when you eavesdrop. My students love this story and by the end it has them all in stitches. This is the first story in a series of three and after we read this story every year we do a guided turkey drawing. Then the students take their turkey drawing home and send their Tom on a far away journey so he doesn't become Thanksgiving dinner! My class would definitely recommend these books to anyone!!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Regina Jackson

    Text-to-Text This book reminds me of the book called Click Clack Boom, Cows Can Type because both stories involve animals trying to get a message across to their farmers. Both stories involve the farmer being tricked or having communication with the animals. In click clack boom the cows are trying to get the farmer to give them things they want and in turkey race the turkey's are trying to win races to be see who the best turkey is. They both are trying to be the best. The animal interactions wit Text-to-Text This book reminds me of the book called Click Clack Boom, Cows Can Type because both stories involve animals trying to get a message across to their farmers. Both stories involve the farmer being tricked or having communication with the animals. In click clack boom the cows are trying to get the farmer to give them things they want and in turkey race the turkey's are trying to win races to be see who the best turkey is. They both are trying to be the best. The animal interactions with the farmers is what makes me compare the 2 stories.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Namba

    The turkeys are competing to see who becomes the Thanksgiving Turkey, without understanding that the winner will be eaten. Once they figure it out, two of them initially conspire to let the other one win. Luckily, their conscience kicks in and they tell him the truth. Then the three of them escape.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mindy

    Love, love, love this story of three turkeys who want to be the farmer's Thanksgiving turkey and then realize what that really means. Bright colorful pictures add to this entertaining tale. Great for a holiday read-a-loud.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kaylee

    This book is very colorful and funny. I think that it would be a good one to use for Thanksgiving and maybe even use it as inspiration for a classroom "turkey race."

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jc

    Very funny. Most of my students did not get the funniness of the story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ann Anthony

    Liked by kindergarteners this silly story is about 3 turkeys hoping to be picked by the farmer for the Thanksgiving day turkey until the realize the will be cooked!!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Paige Green

    The Great Turkey Race, written by Steve Metzger and illustrated by Jim Paillot, is about three turkey friends that live on a farm. Cassie, Wing, and Ollie decide to help their farmers pick the “Thanksgiving Turkey,” because what an honor having a title like that would be. To help the Farmers, the turkeys decided to put on a field day where the turkey with the most medals will be presented as the “Thanksgiving Turkey”. On game day, Wing’s true competitive side came out and was playing unfairly. W The Great Turkey Race, written by Steve Metzger and illustrated by Jim Paillot, is about three turkey friends that live on a farm. Cassie, Wing, and Ollie decide to help their farmers pick the “Thanksgiving Turkey,” because what an honor having a title like that would be. To help the Farmers, the turkeys decided to put on a field day where the turkey with the most medals will be presented as the “Thanksgiving Turkey”. On game day, Wing’s true competitive side came out and was playing unfairly. When Cassie overheard the farmer and his wife discussing how tasty the turkey must be, she realizes that the “Thanksgiving Turkey” is not a good thing to be called. She informs Ollie about the change of plans and agrees to let Wing take the title as a punishment for him cheating. The friends soon began feeling guilty and came up with a master plan to escape becoming the Thanksgiving Feast. I did not particularly enjoy this story as much as I thought. Looking at the front cover set a picture in my mind of humor and silliness. Talking turkeys that are competing to become Thanksgiving Dinner is silly, but I expected more. It started off on a good note with the field day idea, but once the games started and the cheating turkey began playing unfair, the book lost excitement. There was no reaction to that behavior from the other turkeys so it seemed like it didn’t matter. Also the turkeys were extremely raggedy looking. Depending on the age of the audience, this could seem a little frightening. However, the idea of their escape at the end leads to a funny conclusion for the farmer. This part made me giggle. Over all, this book rates at two stars because I can see children enjoying the story during the fall seasons.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Peacegal

    3.5 stars -- A lively, colorful, and turkey-friendly story you'll want to have on hand for Thanksgiving. Three turkeys living on a fantasy farm overhear the farmer talking about choosing one of them as the "Thanksgiving turkey." Thinking it is some great honor, the turkeys begin competing in silly Olympic-like events to find out who will win the farmer's contest! When one smart turkey learns just what it means to be a "Thanksgiving turkey"--they use those exercise skills to fly the coop. The far 3.5 stars -- A lively, colorful, and turkey-friendly story you'll want to have on hand for Thanksgiving. Three turkeys living on a fantasy farm overhear the farmer talking about choosing one of them as the "Thanksgiving turkey." Thinking it is some great honor, the turkeys begin competing in silly Olympic-like events to find out who will win the farmer's contest! When one smart turkey learns just what it means to be a "Thanksgiving turkey"--they use those exercise skills to fly the coop. The farmer and his wife learn that Thanksgiving can be just as bountiful with vegetable stew! The Great Turkey Race gently introduces the idea of a turkey-free holiday without being too heavy handed to turn off the general public. I was happy to buy it for my library's collection.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    When Ollie the turkey overhears farmer Joe tell his wife that this year's Thanksgiving turkey will be very special, he and his all want the honor. The animals decide to have a contest, in order to tell which turkey farmer Joe should choose. Running, dancing, jumping, and an obstacle course will decide the winner! However, when the turkeys find out what being chosen really means, they must find a way to keep from becoming the Thanksgiving turkey. Is it going to be a happy Thanksgiving for Ollie, When Ollie the turkey overhears farmer Joe tell his wife that this year's Thanksgiving turkey will be very special, he and his all want the honor. The animals decide to have a contest, in order to tell which turkey farmer Joe should choose. Running, dancing, jumping, and an obstacle course will decide the winner! However, when the turkeys find out what being chosen really means, they must find a way to keep from becoming the Thanksgiving turkey. Is it going to be a happy Thanksgiving for Ollie, Cassie and Wing? I loved the illustrations, especially of the barn animals hanging banners, making drinks and knitting sweaters.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Howard

    This book is very upbeat and great for laughs. I definitely will be reading this one within the month of November in preparation for Thanksgiving. The author writes this story with such great detail and a comedic feel that it is impossible to not to laugh! I loved how the turkeys thought that there was some sort of prize for the best turkey and were doing their best to beat each other until they realized someone was going into a pot. Then when they realized the best turkey was going to be on the This book is very upbeat and great for laughs. I definitely will be reading this one within the month of November in preparation for Thanksgiving. The author writes this story with such great detail and a comedic feel that it is impossible to not to laugh! I loved how the turkeys thought that there was some sort of prize for the best turkey and were doing their best to beat each other until they realized someone was going into a pot. Then when they realized the best turkey was going to be on the chopping block, they plotted on the most disliked turkey to win as they ran away! This story is pure genius!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Liz Todd

    Which turkey will be Thanksgiving dinner? The turkeys compete for the honor.. until they discover what it means to be "Thanksgiving Dinner." Fun to read aloud, exciting competition, and an interesting twist when they have to decide how to treat the cheater friend. Kids always enjoy this read aloud.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Taril Slater

    This story is too cute. I was laughing while reading the story to students. The turkeys wanted to be special and prove who was the most special. They ending up finding out that being special means they would be eaten at Thanksgiving. They didn't want that and made a plan to escape. Farmer Joe and Farmer Kate had no turkey for Thanksgiving that year.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I loved it and I think the grade 1s loved it also! It was good to stop and ask questions with them. I was worried it might be too long but I think it totally kept their attention. Only thing is it is an American Thanksgiving book so I changed it from November to October when the month was mentioned in the book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Pauline

    Robby loved this funny story about three turkeys all competing to be the special 'Thanksgiving turkey'...until they realize what that means! I am sure we will be reading it again and again in the night-nights ahead.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    This book can be used to have some humor in a classroom during Thanksgiving time. Chidren can predict the story while reading and can discuss how all the turkies ran away from the farmer. I love the ending part of the story, and it is a very fun story to read with class.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Bailey

    This is a good book to read during Thanksgiving time. It is about turkeys racing to be dinner. But they don't know that they are going to be dinner. It is a funny book that they student would love. Students are able to make predictions about the events in the story.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shelby Royalty

    I enjoyed this story, as did the first graders that I'm currently with. It was upbeat and humorous, keeping the kids entertained and laughing. I would definitely use this story around Thanksgiving with a class.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Crazy Uncle Ryan

    Not a bad little book. It's pretty clever and fun.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    This book is fantastic. It can be used in many content areas. Children absolutely love the humor in the book as well as the illustrations. Wonderful!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Taylor

    Read today, had a lot of thematic elements, to talk about in class.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Azriana Johnson

    I have to say, this is my favorite Thanksgiving book. The turkeys had no idea they were going to be dinner. This would be good to read before Thanksgiving and have students do an activity afterwards.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    A very funny Thanksgiving story that features delightful illustrations. Definitely a winner for November. (Winner, not dinner.)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Reading

    2.5 stars

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sharon McCague

    Great book for story hour. Kids and parents enjoyed

  26. 4 out of 5

    KourtneyWolters

    Kids loved predicting who would win! The ending no one guessed!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Hayley

    Funny, Funny, Funny. I love the illustrations too. Best Thanksgiving book ever!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Summer

    i really enjoyed this book

  29. 4 out of 5

    Valerie Patterson

    Great for 1st graders!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Madison Heusel

    Summary: The turkeys on the turkey farm were trying to decide wh owas going to be the Thanksgiving turkey this year. Farmer Joe said that the winner has to be really special. They all decided to have a field day with different sporting events. They raced, they did a bucket-throwing contest, an obstacle course, ect. The winner realized they didn't want to be cooked for Thanksgiving dinner, so they all kept running and running. None of them returned to the farm, so Farmer Joe and his wife had veget Summary: The turkeys on the turkey farm were trying to decide wh owas going to be the Thanksgiving turkey this year. Farmer Joe said that the winner has to be really special. They all decided to have a field day with different sporting events. They raced, they did a bucket-throwing contest, an obstacle course, ect. The winner realized they didn't want to be cooked for Thanksgiving dinner, so they all kept running and running. None of them returned to the farm, so Farmer Joe and his wife had vegetable stew for Thanksgiving. My Thoughts: I thought this was a pretty cute book. The illustrations were very animated and funny. The plotline was ironic, so for older kids you could discuss irony. I liked how the turkeys were very competitive but at the end of the day didn't want the medals if it meant that one of their friends was going to become a Thanksgiving meal. Classroom Usage: I would use this book obviously for Thanksigiving and would read it while they did a hand turkey craft.

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