Turkey Claus

Last updated Monday, November 30, 2015

Author: Wendi Silvano
Illustrator: Lee Harper
Date of Publication: 2012
ISBN: 0761462392
Grade Level: 2nd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Dec. 2015

Synopsis: Turkey needs Santa’s help so he won’t be eaten for Christmas dinner. Turkey is in trouble. Again. He made it through Thanksgiving without becoming a turkey dinner, but now it’s almost Christmas, and guess what’s on the menu? Turkey decides the only thing to do is to ask Santa for help. He sets off for the North Pole, but getting in to see Santa at Christmastime isn’t as easy as Turkey expected. It’s going to take all his ideas—and his clever disguises—to find a way into Santa’s house. After many hilarious attempts, Turkey comes up with the perfect disguise, and Santa has the perfect solution! In this holiday treat, a companion to Turkey Trouble, Wendi Silvano’s story is once again matched with the watercolor artwork of Lee Harper.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  What is the turkey worried about?
•  What does your family eat for Christmas? What do you eat for other holidays?


•  recognize - to know who someone is when you see him/her
•  wailed - cried, loudly
•  desperately - very worried
•  disguise - costume that makes one look like someone or something else

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  What are some of the ways Turkey dressed up to NOT look like a turkey? What was his BEST disguise? His WORST disguise?
•  If you were to describe Turkey to someone who has not read this book, what words (adjectives) would you use? (e.g. clever, smart)
•  If you were Turkey, what disguise would you have tried?

Craft ideas:
•  Create a turkey in disguise. Cut out or draw a turkey (can trace your hand), then add a disguise.
•  Make snowflakes. http://chicfluff.org/2012/12/13/using-a-coffee-filter-to-make-a-snowflake-already-in-a-circle-gives-the-3d-effect-when-open/
•  Check out our December craft ideas on Pinterest! https://www.pinterest.com/readingtokids/december-2015-crafts

Special activities:
•  Play animal charades - act like an animal & have others guess what you are (no sounds)

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!