Wild Turkey, Tame Turkey

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Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, who holds a Ph.D. in zoology, explores the differences and similarities between these two familiar birds, and discusses the necessity of human involvement in maintaining both populations.

Relates the colorful history of the native North American turkey and compares that proud bird with its domesticated cousin.

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Overview

Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, who holds a Ph.D. in zoology, explores the differences and similarities between these two familiar birds, and discusses the necessity of human involvement in maintaining both populations.

Relates the colorful history of the native North American turkey and compares that proud bird with its domesticated cousin.

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Gr 4-6-- The fascinating natural history of the wily North American wild turkey is presented and compared to its domesticated cousin. Patent explores the physical characteristics of both types, emphasizing the sharp eyesight, powerful ability to fly, and extreme wariness of the wild turkey. Its near extinction due to habitat loss and overhunting is discussed, along with the bird's successful return as a result of restocking and careful management. Life cycle and behavior are presented in detail. The final sections discuss the American domestic turkey industry; the issue of factory farming is briefly mentioned. The book is illustrated throughout with excellent full-color photographs. Wonders of Turkeys (Dodd, 1984) by Sigmund A. Lavine and Vincent Scuro covers much the same material, but is illustrated in black-and-white, and has a slightly smaller typeface, making it more difficult for youngsters to read. --Barbara B. Murphy, Shaler Area School District Libraries, Pittsburgh
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899197043
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/1/1989
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 1120L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.45 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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