The turkey on the bus goes…

Yesterday I saw a turkey waiting for the bus. Very calmly, it stepped up on the curb and paced under the sign, neck bobbing. The driver declined to stop, but remarked, “He’s lucky it isn’t November!” That got me thinking: Poor turkey. It can’t be fun when your whole identity is wrapped up in someone’s dinner.

So, I decided to see if there were any books that gave turkeys a break from Thanksgiving. There weren’t many, but there were a few. For instance:

In Gobble Gobble Crash: a Barnyard Counting Bash, turkeys crash the chicken coop, egging on the five laughing geese and waking up everyone else… including the farmer. In Captain Small Pig, a turkey goes out on a boat. In I’m a Turkey!, a wild turkey raps about life in his flock.
I don’t know – if I were a turkey, I think I’d prefer partying over Thanksgiving. You think?

I'm a Turkey

I'm a Turkey

Captain Small Pig

Captain Small Pig

Gobble Gobble Crash

Gobble Gobble Crash

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Children's librarian, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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6 Responses to The turkey on the bus goes…

  1. Rebecca says:

    “…egging on…” LOL! 😀

  2. Eric Marchbein says:

    I once saw a turkey waiting for the bus. The driver didn’t even stop. He probably had to walk to town.

  3. Tina says:

    Love this. Jim Arnosky has a great nonfiction book about turkeys, too, called appropriately, “All about Turkeys.”

  4. Tina says:

    …Just as long as the turkey did not want to drive the bus. That’s best left to pigeons.

  5. Erin says:

    I think vegetarians all over (myself included) are rejoicing over this line:

    “It can’t be fun when your whole identity is wrapped up in someone’s dinner.”

    “Sometimes It’s Turkey, Sometimes It’s Feathers” by Balian is another good one in which the turkey is a guest at Thanksgiving dinner instead of the main course.

    Thanks for the post, Amy!

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