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Book Title: The Great Turkey Race|
Date of issue: January 1st 2006
ISBN 13: 9780439859301
The author of the book: Steve Metzger
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 442 KB
Read full description of the books The Great Turkey Race: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.
Read information about the authorI grew up in Queens, NY in the 1950s with my “baby” sister, Lois. She is now a wonderful writer of young adult novels and nonfiction. My mother was born in Vienna, Austria, and my father came from Brooklyn – an interesting match! My best friends were Neil, Robbie, Krebs, and Paul. I’m still good friends with most of these guys. It was less hectic in those days – no computers, no emails, fewer TV channels (MANY fewer!) We had lots of fun playing ball and listening to records. I’ll never forget when the Beatles came to America – Beatlemania!
After graduating from Baruch College in NYC, I didn’t know what to do with my life. I bounced around doing odd jobs, including taxi driver, dishwasher, and hotel desk clerk. One day, while relaxing in Central Park (OK, I was unemployed), I saw a group of children from a local daycare center. It struck me that I always liked children -- perhaps I could make a career out of something I liked. Eureka! Ever since then, I’ve been involved, in one way or another, with the lives of young children.
I received my Masters in Education from Bank Street College and taught preschool kids for a bunch of years. I loved the childrens' innocence and vivid imaginations. After moving into school administration for a few years, I began working at Scholastic, where I have been ever since.
At Scholastic, I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to write children’s books. The first book that I wrote was "The Dinofours: I’m Super Dino!" Twenty-seven other Dinofours’ books followed. I hope my respect and appreciation for young children shines through in my stories.
Nowadays, I’m lucky to be married to my beautiful and talented wife, Nancy (she’s also a writer). In 1998, we were blessed with a terrific daughter, Julia, who helps criticize my story ideas and lets me play with her once in a while.
And furthermore…any recollections of my life would not be complete without mentioning my grandmother, Mutti. She was an ever present source of love, appreciation, and wisdom.
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