Thanksgiving- BCHS students Group Read at the Bath Library

This very early episode of “Reader’s Theater” is brought to you by AMR, and Paxton, Matthew, Kyle, and Gabbi at the Bath Branch of the Rockbridge Regional Library.

Twas the Night before Thanksgiving   Illustrated and written by Dav Pilkey


‘ Twas the day before Thanksgivng,

and all through the trees,

the fall leaves were spinning

aloft in the trees.

Eight children had boarded

Their school bus with grins

In hopes that a field trip

Soon would begin.


They sang as they rode

Through autumn terrains

While visions of drumsticks

Danced in their brains.


O’er rivers, through woods,

With winding and weaves

Their school bus sailed on

Through the new-fallen leaves.


When out on the road

There arose such a clatter,

They threw down their windows

To see what was the matter.


When what with their wondering eyes

Should they see,

But a miniature farm,

and eight tiny turkey.


And a little old man

So lively and rugged,

They knew in a moment

It was Farmer Mack Nugget.


He was dressed all in denim

From his head to his toe,

With a pinch of polyester

And a dash of Velcro.


And then in a twinkling

They heard in the straw,

The prancing and pawing

Of each little claw.

More rapid than chickens

His cockerels they came.

He whistled and shouted

And called them by name:


“Now Ollie, Now Larry and Moe,

On Wally, On Beaver, on Shemp and Groucho!”


The turkeys were chunky

With smiley beaked faces

And they greeted the children

With downy embraces.


So out through the barnyard

They ran and they flew,

And they gobbled and giggled

As friends sometimes do.


Then some one spotted

An ax by the door,

And she asked Farmer Nugget

(Just) What it was for.


With a blink of his eye

And a twist of his head

The old farmer told

A grim tale of dread.


“Tonight” said Mack Mugget,

“Those feathery beasts

Will be chopped up and roasted

for Thanksgiving feasts.”


The children stood still

As tears filled their eyes

Then they clamored aloud

In a chorus of cries.

“Oh dear cried,” cried Mack Nugget,

“Now what shall I do?”

So he dashed to the well,

And the teacher went too.

And they fetched some water

Fresh from the ground,

In hopes that a swig

Might calm everyone down.

And when they returned

To quiet the matter,

The children were calmer

(And mysteriously fatter)


The boys and girls drank up

Their drinks in the hay,

Then thanked old Mack Nugget

And waddled away.


They limped to the school bus

All huffing and puffing-

It’s not easy to walk

With hot turkey stuffing.


And then as the school bus

Drove off in the night

Mack Nugget looked ‘round-

Not a turkey in sight!


‘Twas the nght before Thanksgiving,

And the stars up above

Shone down on a school bus

Abounding with love.


The very next evening

Eight families were blessed

With eight fluffy Thanksgiving

Turkeys as guests.


They feasted on veggies

With jelly and toast,

And everyone was thankful,

(The turkeys were most.)


So each one gave thanks

For love, and for living,

And they all had a wonderful

Happy Thanksgiving.


Again, thank you to the readers who made this group read possible, and please stay tuned to Allegheny Mountain Radio more seasonal stories.

Story By

Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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