Not This Turkey!

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By – May 3, 2016

In this humor­ous and heart­warm­ing sto­ry (based on a true event) Papa, only in the coun­try for five years, has won the Thanks­giv­ing raf­fle at work and the prize is an enor­mous live turkey. Now the fam­i­ly can cel­e­brate this very Amer­i­can hol­i­day for the first time by eat­ing turkey. But when they bring the turkey to Mr. Cohen’s butch­er shop to be slaugh­tered, he says it will be too tough to eat, and offers to give the lucky bird a home in the yard behind his shop. And now what will the fam­i­ly eat for the hol­i­day? Like some of their neigh­bors, also immi­grants from oth­er coun­tries, they will eat the foods that are spe­cial to them — in this case, stuffed cab­bage and noo­dle kugel. 

The sto­ry also pro­vides an oppor­tu­ni­ty to point out, per­haps to old­er chil­dren, the con­cept in the Tal­mud of tzar baalei chay­im—to avoidun­nec­es­sary cru­el­ty to any liv­ing creature. 

The author has also includ­ed a recipe for what has become her own Thanks­giv­ing tra­di­tion — serv­ing cran­ber­ry apple kugel. 

Pike, a prize-win­ning illus­tra­tor, has accu­rate­ly and lov­ing­ly depict­ed the fam­i­lies, neigh­bor­hood and time peri­od with wit and energy. 

Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 3 – 8.

Susan Kan­tor was a senior writer/​editor for Girl Scouts of the USA, a chil­dren’s book edi­tor, and a past judge for the Nation­al Jew­ish Book Awards in the illus­trat­ed children’s book cat­e­go­ry. She is a writer and a docent at the Rubin Muse­um in New York City, where she leads pub­lic and pri­vate tours.

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