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The Turkey Girl  by Penny Pollock
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Oct 26, 08

bookshelves: juvenile, read-in-2008
Read in October, 2008

The Turkey Girl is a poor orphan who is shunned from the community and keeps watch over the turkeys that belong to the wealthy members of her community. She is lonely, but used to her life and when the Dance of the Sacred Bird is announced, the Turkey Girl accepts that she will not attend with the others. But a surprise comes her way when the turkeys begin to talk to her and explain that because she has been so kind to them, they will help her go to the dance. All they ask is that she return before the Sun-Father disappears. Will she honor the promise she makes to the turkeys?

Similar to the European version of the story, but very different at the same time. As the author puts it, "the various Native American versions end with the hard truth that when we break our trust with Mother Earth, we pay a price." Lovely illustrations and a lovely story. Definitely recommended.
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