The Great Turkey Walk

The Great Turkey Walk

by Kathleen Karr


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Yeeeeeee-haw! Git along, little . . . turkeys?

Big, brawny Simon Green, who's just completed third grade (for the fourth time), may not be book smart, but he's nobody's fool. When it's time to be done with school and make his way in the world, Simon hatches a plan that could earn him a bundle. He intends to herd a huge flock of bronze turkeysall the way from his home in eastern Missouri to the boomtown of Denver, where they'll fetch a mighty price. In the year 1860, the hazards of such a trek are many - how does one shepherd the birds across a river, for instance? - but Simon is undaunted. Accompanied by a faithful drover, and eventually to be joined by two boon companions, he undertakes the biggest journey of his young life, in this high-spirited Wild Wild West adventure by an acclaimed author of historical fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374427986
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 09/01/2000
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 468,410
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Kathleen Karr is the author of many novels for young readers, most recently Man of the Family. She lives with her family in Washington, D.C.

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The Great Turkey Walk (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reason for Reading: Read aloud to the 9yo to go along with our history studies.Summary: Set in 1860, the book starts with 15-year-old Simon Green being politely graduated from school and told to go find his place in the world. Simon is quite taken aback, as he has just finished third grade for the fourth time and he'd figured on being in school quite some time to get the rest of the grades completed. Simple-minded Simon comes upon a plan to walk a flock of a thousand turkeys from his hometown in Missouri, where he can purchase them for two bits a head, all the way to Denver where they say turkeys will go for five dollars a head. The story follows him on his Wild West adventure across the country making friends and escaping dangers along the way.Comment: This was a fun book to read aloud! Written in Simon's voice: a frontier, uneducated drawl with most of the other character's following suit. While Simon may be simple-minded he isn't as stupid as the folks back home think he is. He's a quick judge of a man's character and he's got a lot of honest to goodness common sense and these prove him well on his business venture. I enjoyed the book, the adventures they got caught up in were a riot and the runaway slave boy they meet up with and take with them as they head north also adds some varying points of view of the time period covered in the book. The author's note at the end explains how she based her story on similar events that really happened.My son on the other hand was only so-so about the book. He even said at one point that he didn't like it, but whenever we were reading it he was laughing and having a good time. The story just didn't hold with him when we were away from it. I think it would have benefited from illustrations, even just one line drawing per chapter. Ds usually likes these wild west types of stories and it's hard for me to pinpoint exactly what he didn't connect with in this one but I'm thinking the age of Simon had something to do with it, even though Simon was mentally younger than his age. So, I'm thinking the most appreciative age for this book is going to be ten and overs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just read this book and it's outstanding. I'm have way through it. When my mom tells me I have to go to bed I say just one more paragraph. She'll say, no then I say a sentence, she'll say no. Then I say a word, and somtimes I can but the I do a paragraph instead.I like is book so much my mom has to come to cheak on me because I read at night.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a great book I read it because I was in a book club, my teacher said that it was a great book and it was. It was about a 15 year old boy named Simon Green traveling all the way from Missouri to Denver with a thousend turkeys and on his way he meet a few friends and foes. It was a good book thats all i will tell you about it now you have to read it to find out the rest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book about a year ago, and have laughed about it many times since. A Determined boy sets out at the greatest odds to herd a thousand turkeys to Denver- and picks up a few friends and foes along the way. The plot is quick and fun, and the characters are real people you can relate to. It makes you wonder- could I do something like that? Good and wholesome reading for all ages.