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The Money We'll Save by Brock Cole
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Nov 28, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: historical, humor, kids-picture-books, thanksgiving
Read in January, 2012

In an attempt to save money for Christmas, Papa buys a young turkey with the intention of fattening it up for Christmas dinner. Unfortunately, there isn't really room inside a nineteenth-century tenement flat to raise a turkey. The smell is bad, the noise is bad, and the mess is bad. Papa tries all sorts of remedies--build the bird a pen, move the pen to the fire escape, hang the pen over the alley privies by the clothesline--but every remedy fails, and every remedy costs him more money. The phrase, "just think of the money we'll save," becomes quite the joke by the time Christmas arrives.

This is funny enough to be a good read-aloud for upper elementary kids, and would provide a nice change of pace from the more common Santa stories.
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