Book Review: Gracias The Thanksgiving Turkey

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Gracias The Thanksgiving Turkey

by Joy Cowley, illustrated by Joe Cepeda

Ages 5-7, 32 pages

Miguel desires two things for Thanksgiving: that his papa safety arrives home and his new friend is not eaten. Miguel’s papa is a truck driver and he sends a turkey with a message to fatten her up. Well, Miguel becomes attached to the turkey and names her Gracias and they soon become amigos. He takes Gracias for walks, builds a cage, and doesn’t understand why people keep joking about putting her into an oven. Of course, the family can’t eat a new friend for Thanksgiving and enjoy chicken instead. Miguel has a special place for Gracias after Thanksgiving. If you didn’t already notice, but this book contains Spanish words that are explained in the back. I thought this was a warm and friendly book with a new perspective on a Thanksgiving turkey.

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Gracias The Thanksgiving Turkey

    the island traveler said:
    November 13, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    A great book that teaches the value of love for family and friendship. I was happy to hear that the Turkey was spare and became a part of his family. When I was a kid, we had our first pig which my siblings and I considered as a pet . we will feed her , bath her , play with her. We didn’t know that one day she will end up as food. It broke all our heart. I vowed not to have a pet pig after that. Great post and best wishes….

      Caroline responded:
      November 13, 2011 at 9:29 pm

      Ah, that’s sad to hear that your dear pig who you thought was a pet was not. I actually thought it would be fun to have a pig for a pet. 🙂 I thought it was a unique Thanksgiving book, since many don’t have a focus on other cultures. Thanks for your comment & have a great day!

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