When I Was a Turkey – Joe Hutto with Brenda Z. Guiberson


 When I Was a Turkey – Joe Hutto with Brenda Z. Guiberson, Christy Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt and Company, (9781627793858), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

What did you like about the book? I did not expect to be utterly entranced and riveted to this book – but I was! It is wonderful! Joe Hutto is a naturalist. When living in Florida he had the desire to raise wild turkeys from the very beginning – eggs – to see if they would imprint upon him. He then could enter the world of the wild turkey. He managed to acquire two different caches of turkey eggs, hoping they would hatch in an incubator. Most did. And thus, the next two years of Joe’s life are spent living with these birds around the clock, speaking their language, caring for them when they are sick, keeping them safe from predators and growing to love each individually. His accompanying black-and-white illustrations are beautiful and there are also photographs. It is a remarkable story, eye-opening and very beautiful.

Anything you did not like about this book? Not a thing!

To whom would you recommend this book? I almost think everyone should be required to read this book, to witness the curiosity and individuality of these beautiful creatures.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? 598.645

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 4/11/2018

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