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Turkey Bowl [Paperback]

Phil Bildner , C. F. Payne


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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks; Reprint edition (30 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689878974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689878978
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.6 cm

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Turkey Bowl is a GREAT book with great illustrations! 20 Dec 2010
By Kathleen J. Gilbertson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Got the book originally from the library and we fell in love; so much so that we had to purchase it! Sent a copy to my nephew Ethan since the main character is a young boy named Ethan. The illustrations are incredible; so life like! Great story. The kids make me read it over and over!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Turkey Day Read 18 Aug 2010
By stayce1020 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love this book! I read it to my 4th graders and they enjoyed it just as much. It's about a family who has a "turkey bowl" every year and finally the little boy is old enough to play in the big game. Shows family traditions and how to work together.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightfully different Thanksgiving story, refreshingly light on holiday sentimentality 19 Nov 2008
By KidsReads - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
One of Ethan's earliest memories is a long-ago Thanksgiving when he was very small --- too small to go out to play in his extended family's traditional Turkey Bowl football game. That year, it was so cold outside that everyone called the game the "Ice Bowl." They wore layer upon layer of clothes, and their hair was white with frost. Ethan, along with his best friend Alex and the rest of the small neighbor kids, cheered the game on even as they shivered in the frigid air.

One year, Ethan remembers, it rained so hard on Thanksgiving that the football field turned into muck. That year, the family nicknamed the Turkey Bowl the "Mud Bowl," but they had a fabulous time anyway. One aunt slid through the mire to make a touchdown, and a cousin splashed 20 yards for another one. Again, Ethan had been one of a cheering crowd of wet but happy too-small-to-play football fans.

The "Fog Bowl" happened last year. Ethan was still just a tiny bit too small to play that gray day. Players found fog football confusing; they couldn't figure out which way to run because they couldn't see in the mist. Ethan, Alex and the neighbor kids could only hear some of the plays, but they cheered like crazy.

At long last, finally, when Thanksgiving Day rolls around, Ethan is actually old enough to play in the Turkey Bowl --- and his anticipation is beyond words. So that morning, as the holiday food fragrances waft through his house, Ethan scrambles into his football jersey and pants, his heart thumping fast with excitement.

When he bursts into the kitchen, shouting with glee, he sees all the usual Thanksgiving kitchen sights: turkey and ham ready for the oven, squash soup simmering, heaps of stuffing, and an assembly line working on a variety of pies. However, what he doesn't see is what he is the most anxious to find: his Turkey Bowl teammates. Only Mom, Dad and Grandpa are in the kitchen. When he asks where all the relatives are, he finds out that the roads are not passable because of a blizzard, so they are unable to come. Ethan can't believe it. The year he and his friends are old enough to play in the Turkey Bowl, there isn't going to be one.

He and Alex spread the word throughout the neighborhood. The downcast youngsters all gather at the school to stare at the snowy football field. But then Ethan gets an idea that just may save the Turkey Bowl...

This is a delightfully different Thanksgiving story, refreshingly light on holiday sentimentality. Kids are sure to relate to Ethan's disappointment and then cheer at his solution (and are unlikely to notice that the resolution comes maybe just a shade too easily). Small football fans will be especially enthralled. The illustrations are particularly pleasing; each picture tells a story, capturing emotions and details in a way that may remind parents of Norman Rockwell's paintings.

--- Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just a few inconsistencies 4 Mar 2009
By C. Meehan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
While I like the idea behind this story and think that the illustrations are good, there are a few things that don't ring true.

Ethan's relatives aren't going to be able to travel through the "blizzard" to share Thanksgiving and the yearly football game with the family. The pictures however show two, maybe three inches at most. The kids aren't even dressed for winter weather. There is no drifting that could be expected with blizzard conditions.

I suppose it's possible that Ethan lives in a part of the country unaccustomed to snow (making even a small amount a very big deal), but there is no information to confirm this supposition.

The ending was abrupt. Ethan happily realizes that there are enough neighborhood kids to have the football game. Just as he catches the ball for the winning touchdown, he sees that the family has managed to make it after all. No explanation as to what might have changed to make this possible.

I'm just surprised that these issues weren't raised in the editing process.
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