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Due to the fact that the site is so new we thought we’d take a little time out over the next few days to introduce the reviewers on board. As you know there’s The1stdaughter, The Turkeybird and Littlebug. We thought it would give you, our great readers a chance to understand why a certain book interests and stays with us long after some have fallen by the wayside. So, without further ado we give you The Turkeybird (or just Turkey for short, as his mom often refers to him)!

The Turkeybird Speaks:


“Well, I’ll start out with the basics. In March I will finally be 3 years old and officially way bigger than my little sister Bug. I’m a native Virginian that has been transplanted into the sandy beach state of California (and no girls, I don’t like long walks on the beach, besides my mom would kill me if I started dating anytime soon). Everything but my nose likes it here, which has been getting some crazy bloody noses recently, but that’s a story for another day. I love having my Grandma’s and Papa’s so close now and being able to play with my cousins sometimes is fun too.

Turkeybird-LaughingMy days usually consist of reading and learning out of my activity books with my mom, but sometimes she wants to read so it can only last so long. When that happens I spend my down-time doing typical boy things. I love my train set, legos, tools, and of course anything with wheels (cars, trucks, planes, helicopters, etc.). I’m also an avid baker and I love making anything with chocolate when my dad (the Baker) will help me. Besides chocolate I love cheese, yogurt and crackers. My favorite TV shows and movies (yep my mom lets me watch TV, occasionally) are Little Einsteins, Olivia, The Incredibles and Cars. Other than that, I’m a normal boy who loves running, the outdoors and just being crazy.”


Mom’s Two Cents:

“Everything about The Turkeybird is a hundred miles a minute and it’s been that way since he was born. Even when he occasionally gets sick he still gets up and goes! When he was very little he didn’t like to sleep too much and has always been a “thinker”. Up until his sister came along he never really talked too much except to read, that was one of the only exceptions. The Turkeybird began reading around 16 to 18 months old and I mean READ. He could pick up a book you’d read a couple of times at most and recite it cover to cover.

Later we came to understand that he’s mildly Hyperlexic, but has grown out of most of the socialization problems typical Hyperlexic children have. Basically, what it means is that at a very young age he could read and comprehend words on a page. By the time his sister arrived at 23 months old he could recite his ABC’s and count to 10. I’m not saying this to brag, but to help you understand where he’s coming from when he or I say he’s ‘grown out’ of a certain book. It’s actually made things a little complicated, because finding the right balance of entertainment and education has been difficult at times. But I think a lot of parents have these difficulties and that’s why I share it with you.

I hope this helps in understanding a little more about The Turkeybird. His love of reading is truly something that began from the time he could barely sit up on his own and I know it will continue throughout his life.”


The Turkeybird’s favorite books currently:


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4 Responses to Get to Know The Turkeybird

  1. Hey Turkey!! You should get together with my little boy who will be three in May. You’d have a grand old time together. 🙂

  2. robyn says:

    All I can say is that the little turkeybird is one awesome boy!

  3. Gina says:

    What an awesome post…nice to meet you Turkeybird! It sounds like you are loving life and why not…you are foot loose and fancy free!

    Might have to read up on this hyperlexia thing…from what mom tells me of my reading adventures from days gone by, I was pretty much on par with the milestones you related above at about the same age.
    Thanks for sharing…and happy reading!

  4. Thank everyone for the warm welcome!
    Natasha-Next time we are around your neck of the woods we definitely have to get together. That’s a must!
    Grandma-You already know I love you!
    Gina-Thanks! You should look into it, although most people grow out of the socialization problems with the “disorder” by the time there in grade school. Still, it would be interesting for you to know more about it I’m sure.

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