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Run, Turkey, Run: Guest Post by Jacqueline Bodnar

Please note: Vegbooks has moved to vegbooks.orgThis is one of the last reviews that will be posted at this URL. This review, as well as all of your favorite past posts, are up on the new site. See you there!

In this holiday story, the poor turkey remains on the run, even when he thinks he is finally safe. The farmer plans to cook him for Thanksgiving and when he sets out to get him, the turkey runs. He ends up using multiple methods around the farmyard to camouflage himself from the farmer, who ends up sparing his life for this feast.

As the farmer’s family sits down to Thanksgiving dinner, the farmer is shown dreaming of a cooked turkey. The woman is staring at the empty turkey platter on the table, while the two children happily dine on grilled cheese sandwiches, peas and mashed potatoes. No turkey is served at this holiday feast, much to the disappointment of the adults in the story.

This is a fun book that gives kids a chance to root for the turkey as he continues running away from the farmer. Vegetarian parents and kids alike will appreciate the way the turkey outsmarts the farmer. It is important to note that the story takes place at an old-fashioned farm that depicts other animals, such as pigs, horses, and ducks.

Ages 4-8.

About Jacqueline: Jacqueline Bodnar is a professional writer who blogs about vegetarian issues at VegBlogger.com. She and her husband have been ethical vegetarians since 1995 and are raising two vegetarian children. She is also a nature lover, environmentalist, and avid reader. Jacqueline is a Michigan native, who now resides in Florida, after spending almost a decade in Las Vegas.

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Animal Babies on the Farm

This is a book where the publisher compiled adorable photos of animals – with some close-ups worthy of Cute Overload – and added simple text.  Each page is told from an animal’s perspective.

How you’ll feel about this book ultimately depends on how you believe farmed animals should be portrayed.  I am divided on this issue.  On one hand, I want kiddo to know how animals are treated on factory farms where the vast majority live.  On the other, why expose her to such ugliness at such a young age?

This book is about who animals are, not how we treat them.  The animals in this book are portrayed with their mothers, and often their siblings, in sanctuary-like surroundings.  The words emphasize the bond between the baby and her mother.

In the end, I decided that I liked this book, but I’m curious: what do you think?

Ages 0-3.