“Thanks to our God, we pray before we rest. Food, friends, and family – goodness, we are blessed,” Anne Vittur Kennedy ends her children’s book, One Big Turkey.
~ What ~
This twenty-page cut-out board book targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy stories about animals, numbers, and being thankful. Focusing on counting things to be thankful for via animals and objects, the colorful pages are filled with bright expressions with easy-to-read rhyming lines. With multiple-syllable and a few hard-to-comprehend words, the book would best be read out loud to beginner readers. Each page that depicts a number of items also includes its matching numeral number in its corner.
~ Why ~
Using animals from turkey, squirrels, deer, and mice to geese, rabbits, skunks, fireflies, and an owl, the book shows how to be thankful for not only feathers, food, berries, wheat, corn, apples, plums, pumpkins, squash, and grapes but also to God. I like how the pictures are engaging and detailed enough to keep a young child’s attention as they search for the right number of items.
~ Why Not ~
With multiple-syllable and a few hard-to-comprehend words, the book would best be read out loud to beginner readers. Those who cannot focus well may not like trying to find and count the objects.
~ Who ~
Living in Ohio with her husband and several pets, Kennedy has been writing and illustrating fun and playful children’s books for thirty years and has won several book awards.
~ Wish ~
Although the rhyming is charming, it would help if some of the complicated wording were easier to understand for the younger listeners.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s book that helps teach counting from one to ten and thanking God, this is a cute book.
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