Turk and Runt by Lisa Wheeler
A Thanksgiving Comedy

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Turk's parents are proud of him, the biggest, strongest, most graceful bird at Wishbone Farm.

"He's a dancer," says his mother.

"He's an athlete," says his father.

"He's a goner," says his little brother, Runt.

But no one ever listens to Runt -- even after people with seasonal plans and roasting pans begin showing up at Wishbone Farm, or even after the juiciest turkeys are chosen, one by one.

"Chosen for what?" Turk asks.

No one wants to hear Runt's answer. But you will laugh at what he has to do to get the family's attention. They are, after all, turkeys. And rarely has a story about them been told with such warmth and cleverness. Or with such witty pictures.

 

About Lisa Wheeler

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Lisa Wheeler has written eighteen books for children, including The Pet Project, illustrated by Zachariah OHora, and the hilarious Spinster Goose, illustrated by Sophie Blackall. She lives with her family in Addison, Michigan. Visit her online at LisaWheelerBooks.com. Frank Ansley has illustrated four other books by Lisa Wheeler: Turk and Runt (starred in Booklist), Wool Gathering (starred in Publishers Weekly), and the first two books in the Fitch & Chip series, New Pig in Town and When Pigs Fly. Mr. Ansley and his wife, Pat, live in St. Helena, California.
 
Published October 1, 2002 by Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It’s difficult to explain why Runt, the aptly named young gobbler in Wheeler’s tale, cares for the well-being of his hale and hearty older brother, Turk, as in turkey, real and metaphorical.

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Wheeler and Ansley return to the comical family dynamics they related so successfully in Wool Gathering for this turkey tale set on Wishbone Farm.

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