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Run, Turkey, Run: Guest Post by Jacqueline Bodnar

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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.


‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving - smDav Pilkey, creator of Captain Underpants, wrote and illustrated a decidedly pro-vegetarian children’s book for publishing behemoth Scholastic.

In a playful parody on the classic Christmas poem, Pilkey brings a busload of children to a turkey farm where they befriend birds Ollie, Stanley, Larry, Moe, Wally, Beaver, Shemp, and Groucho.  The drama begins when the children question the farmer about an ax they have found, and his answer — that he plans to slaughter their friends — brings them to tears.

Happily for the children (and the turkeys), the farmer and teacher rush away to get cups of water to calm the crying children, which gives them time to become “calmer” and “mysteriously fatter.”  After they waddle onto their school bus, many with feathers busting out of their jackets, the farmer discovers his turkeys have disappeared!

The end of this book so particularly sweet I’ve got to quote it to you:

“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!).”

It’s hard to believe that Dav Pilkey was not a vegetarian when he wrote this book, but it’s not surprising to learn he’s now a vegan.

Ages 4-8.  For activities and lesson plans to accompany the book, click here or here.