Not This Turkey! A Thanksgiving Book for Kids
Not This Turkey! by Jessica Steinberg. Illustrations by Amanda Pike. (Albert Whitman and Company, 32 pp. $16.99)
When Papa wins a live turkey in a raffle at his workplace on the Lower East Side, the Silberklang family is overjoyed. At last they will have a real American Thanksgiving dinner, and they happily invite all their relatives.
But small Mel names the turkey Indik (Yiddish for turkey), strokes his feathers and determines that “if we cooked him for dinner I wasn’t going to eat him.”
Happily, Mr. Cohen the butcher tells Papa that Indik would be too tough to eat, and so he is saved. Instead, the guests eat delicious side dishes—noodle kugel and stuffed cabbage—nodding in agreement as Papa tells them to be thankful “that we’re all here and we’re all together.”
An immigrant family has created its own Thanksgiving tradition. A special bonus is a recipe for cranberry apple kugel with accompanying illustrations that, like the others in this book, delight the eye and tease the stomach.