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Turkey in the Straw

Turkey in the Straw

by Barbara Shook Hazen, Brad Sneed

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``Once there was a farmer who was a born fiddler, and his wife who was a born worrier.'' The more the wife nags, the more her indifferent husband fiddles. All the while, their shy, fidgety daughter taps her feet, twists her hair and strokes her pet turkey. When the family's farm is threatened and the daughter's future looms as empty as their barn, the unprepared fiddler responds by doing what he does best. He holds a country dance that spins a thread of good fortune when the turkey kicks up the straw, ``waddles wagging, feathers flapping--in time to the music.'' In this folkloric fling with a favorite American tune, Hazen's ( Tight Times ) lively text, imbued with the rhythm of dance-call phrases, is as friendly and carefree as a do-si-do. Sneed's watercolors, with their tilted perspectives and sharp planes, visually echo the carefree, syncopated tune. As the pictorial rhythm builds to accompany the wild dance gestures, the illustrations lead the reader into the story's happy ending without missing a beat. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-A farmer who prefers fiddling to farming has a wife who is always worrying that they are headed for the poorhouse, and a daughter who is ``unsure what she was born to be.'' When the farm falls on hard times, the man decides to have a party. When his wife protests, he replies that perhaps some fine young man will come and ``set his cap for Emmy Lou.'' When the guests are tuckered out, Emmy Lou's father plays an even perkier tune, which moves her pet turkey to strut out in the straw. She forgets her shyness, joins the bird, and she asks a timid young man to dance. This is an odd, old-fashioned story, with its happy ending showing the young woman and her man riding off in his Model T, and its last words hinting that through marriage her world has opened up. The language captures the flavor of rural America in the 1920s and '30s, although many of the expressions will be unfamiliar to children. Sneed's unusual paintings are highly stylized, and they aid in conveying the joyously rhythmic quality of the text. Young readers might not know quite what to make of this book, since the sophistication of both illustrations and text suggests that it is intended for an older audience than the format indicates.-Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
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1st ed
Product dimensions:
9.31(w) x 10.27(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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