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Duck for Turkey Day Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-11-03 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 8 user ratings
ISBN:0807517348
LANGUAGE:English

" 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.

" Some children worry just like adults about stuff that does not even matter. Having a duck verses a turkey means a lot to a little girl when the teacher wants the information about that day. I like this culture about food and family.Books like this help all different types of children cope with life concerns that other people who look different but have the same issues. " said.

" After learning all about Thanksgiving, Tuyet is concerned that her family is celebrating incorrectly. After all, you are supposed to have turkey for Thanksgiving, but her family is having duck. She enjoys the day with her family and loves the food but continues to feel sad that they aren't celebrating in the traditional way...until her teacher helps her learn the most important part of Thanksgiving. " said.

" I feel that every thanksgiving means something different to every individual. This book does a perfect job on describing that. Instead of eating turkey it explores the different options some individuals might eat on this holiday. I would most definitely read this book before I started talking with my class about what we did on Thanksgiving so students feel comfortable talking about it. It ties in wonderfully with talk about culture. " said.

"In this modern-day Thanksgiving story, Tuyet is concerned because her family will be having duck for Thanksgiving - which seems to go against her teacher's reference to the holiday as "Turkey Day." She fears she's doing something not quite right, even though she enjoys the food and time with family. Happily, upon returning to school, she discovers that the vegetarian, Hispanic, and Chinese kids in her class celebrated with different foods as well! The multicultural approach and acceptance of different traditions is gently presented, and a diverse audience of kids will enjoy this story! " said.

"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.

"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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