Turkey for Thanksgiving Dinner? No, Thanks!

Turkey for Thanksgiving Dinner? No, Thanks!
¿Pavo para la Cena de Gracias? ¡No, gracias!


When the turkey overhears a conversation about how fat and tasty he will be on Thanksgiving, he loses his own appetite. Fortunately, he meets a young spider who remembers that her grandmother’s great grandmother, whose name was Charlotte, once saved a young pig’s life. The spider, then, sets out to find a way to save the turkey.

Makes a great companion to Charlotte’s Web. It also invites conversations about nutrition and exercise as sources of health.

One of the beloved titles of the series Stories the Year’ Round, or in Spanish, Cuentos para todo el año. The complete stories of the series are:

A Rose with Wings
A Surprise for Mother Rabbit
The Empty Piñata

Rosa alada
La sorpresa de Mamá Coneja
La piñata vacía

How the Rainbow Came to Be
After the Storm
In the Cow’s Backyard

Cómo nació el arco iris
Después de la tormenta
La hamaca de la vaca

The Kite
What Are Ghosts Afraid Of?
“Turkey for Thanksgiving?” “No, Thanks!”

El papalote
El susto de los fantasmas
–¿Pavo para la Cena de Gracias? –No, gracias.

The Golden Cage
I Don’t Want to Melt
It Wasn’t Me

La jaula dorada
¡No quiero derretirme!
No fui yo


There is a special value to listening to a books read by the author. Such recordings show just where the author wishes to convey feelings and emotions, emphasis and suspense. When the text is put to music it acquires additional interest for children.

I particularly like to read aloud and to record my readings so, for me, it was particularly joyful to record these twelve stories in English and Spanish.

The stories can be found in individual cassettes in English and Spanish, one for each book of the series, or in CDs in English and Spanish versions. Each of the CDs contains the twelve stories of the series.

A Special Bonus

Because these stories have been so beloved by children, I conceived the idea of given them an extra dimension. I have rewritten the 12 stories in Spanish in verse format. And Suni Paz, with her incomparable creativity, has put them to music. So the Spanish cassettes and CD contain not only the story as published in the book told by me, but also the story retold in verse form and sang by Suni.


The twelve books of this series are some of my best well known books among bilingual teachers and their students. They are also very dear to my heart since the inspiration for most of them comes from my own children’s childhood.

Sometimes I write the things I need to tell myself. Developing good eating habits and exercise practices have always been issues for me. So, perhaps, more than convince anyone else of their value I wrote this book to convince myself.

Besides, I have always been a great fan of Charlotte’s Web, and I was pleased to write this story to honor that extraordinary book.

“Turkey for Thanksgiving Dinner?” “No, Thanks!” and ¿Pavo para la Cena de Gracias? ¡No, gracias! have been some of my most favorite books to read aloud to children.


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