Our second grade here at the school does Christmas book read-alouds, and while I was searching for a book to read (one that was not super popular and that the kids had probably not heard), I checked this one out of the library. I read it to my boys (my true test subjects for many things!), and we all enjoyed it. The illustrations are great, and the story is funny. Pa decides to get a turkey and keep it in their small apartment, fattening it up until they can have it for Christmas dinner. Of course it does not go well, and my kindergartner was particularly pleased with the amount of turkey poop that gets on everything. I think I, as an adult, appreciated some of the humor more, and that is why I decided to choose another book as my read-aloud. However, this one is still a fun read with illustrations the kids will enjoy. In the end, love and being together is what the family cherishes more than a large meal and lots of "things."