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Duck for Turkey Day Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-02-09 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 8 user ratings
ISBN:0807517348
LANGUAGE:English

"This is a great book that teaches children that it does not matter what you eat for Thanksgiving, but be thankful for your family and friends. I think it does a great job of showing that not all children come from the same background but we all have the ability to stop and be thankful for our lives. The pictures in the book are amazing and you really get the feeling that this poor little girl wants some turkey bc she thinks that is the norm, but once she gets to school and sees that not EVERYONE has turkey, its ok!" said.

"At first read, I liked this book. I think its a good multicultural book with good themes around food. But there are a couple points that bothered me.

When Tuyet is in school learning about Thanksgiving there is talk of turkeys, pilgrims and Native Americans, but there is nothing mentioned about being thankful or giving thanks.

Also near then end, the teacher Mrs. Cook, makes a good point but still doesn't mention anything about thanks. Then the ending page, it's words were a little flat.

All in all, this is a good story. Especially if what Thanksgiving means to you is just food and family and friends.
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"This is a sweet story about a little Vietnamese American girl who is embarrassed that her family isn't having turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. She learns that it doesn't matter what you eat for Thanksgiving, and that many of her friends have non-traditional foods too.

So far so good, BUT this story could go so much further and have so much more meaning if it took the time to teach that Thanksgiving is about being THANKFUL. It never once addresses the true meaning of Thanksgiving, and continually refers to it as "Turkey Day", which wipes the meaning completely away from the day. I agree, it doesn't matter what you eat. But what matters is that you Give Thanks.
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"Tuyet learns a valuable lesson after she is sad that her Vietnamese family only has duck on Thanksgiving Day. She is sure that families must have turkey in America to celebrate the big day, after all, she learned all about the traditions in school.

But when Mrs. Cook, her teacher, asks everyone how Turkey Day was, Tuyet is surprised to learn that many of her classmates celebrated with their own traditional foods too...and she comes to realize that giving thanks is not about what types of foods you eat, but how a family celebrates with togetherness on the big day.

Used for "We Are Thankful" Storytime-November, 2010.
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"Tuyet has been doing a lot of things with her class at school before they let out for the Thanksgiving holiday: making pine cone turkeys, singing turkey songs, learning about pilgrims and Native Americans. Their teacher let's them out at the end of the day and tells them to have a happy turkey day. When Tuyet gets home, her mom talks about the duck they are going to cook for their family. Tuyet is upset that they will not be eating turkey for turkey day. She even looks to see if she has enough money to buy a turkey herself.

Sweet story about how different cultures celebrate and how upsetting it can be to when it clashes with mainstream or tradition.
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" "It doesn't matter what you eat on Thanksgiving, as long as you have a good time with family and friends." - from Duck for Turkey DayA super cute, multicultural story about Thanksgiving. " said.

" This is a great book that teaches about tolerance and the true importance of Thanksgiving. You should be thankful for your life and spend it with your friends and family. It does not matter what you eat. " said.

" The book Duck for Turkey Day by Jacqueline Day focuses on Thanksgiving from a Vietnamese perspective. The book can be used to discuss Thanksgiving with students. The book also describes family sturcture and customs withn American and Vietnamese cultures. This book can be used in Kindergarten-2 grade classrooms. " said.

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