Frequent Speech Sounds:

/r/ vocalic
/k/ medial


clever thinking

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary

A Plump and Perky Turkey

By Teresa Bateman

Turkeys around Squawk Valley just don't jump into pots anymore—they are way too smart for that. So the townspeople hatch a clever plan. They host a turkey-themed arts and crafts fair and lure a vain bird into town by advertising for an artist's model. Peter the Turkey, proud of his well-stuffed form, takes the bait but doesn't fall for the trap.

This Thanksgiving book can be used to address clever thinking by the main character. The text is longer but the rhyme pattern makes it an easy read. It is a great book for illustration study and for targeting grammar concepts such as mental and linguistic verbs and also compound adjectives! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using A Plump and Perky Turkey in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

Complex Episode

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
illustration study


plump, downhearted, candidates, jamboree, plastered, startled, intrigued, hearty, jaunty, model

Character Analysis:

The townspeople thought they were being clever when actually, Pete the turkey outsmarted them.


mental verbs
linguistic verbs
compound adjectives

Text Features:

text thought bubbles

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming words
multisyllabic words


What will happen to Pete the turkey after the art show?

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