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Turkey Day


Encarta Encyclopedia - Entry for "turkey".

Thanksgiving on the Net - Information on the first Thanksgiving and Turkeys.  Included are coloring pictures and crafts.

Scholastic - The First Thanksgiving - This trusted source provides a wealth of information on the Pilgrims, the Mayflower, and life in Plimoth Plantation.

All About Turkeys for Kids - Information on the turkey.  Also includes worksheets, clipart, and links to activities.

An American Thanksgiving - History and games.

Craft Exchange - Thanksgiving crafts.

Birding.Com - Information on the wild turkey, including a sound clip of a turkey call.

The Natural History Museum's Bird Site - Information on birds, including anatomy and physiology and adaptations.

Sounds of the World's Animals - A turkey call and translations of the call into other languages.

Meet the Wild Turkey - Information on the turkey population in Connecticut, but also includes general information on the wild turkey.

All About Turkeys by Jim Arnosky.
A good non-fiction book about turkeys, their characteristics, habitats, and life cycle.

Gracias, The Thanksgiving Turkey by Joy Cowley.
A boy befriends the turkey his father has sent to be Thanksgiving dinner.  How does chicken for Thanksgiving sound?

A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman.
A town tries to trick a turkey into becoming their Thanksgiving dinner.  They stage an art fair and ask for turkeys to pose as models.  It ends up the turkey tricks the townspeople! Great to use in an art lesson.

It's Thanksgiving by Jack Prelutsky.
A collection of Thanksgiving poems.

Thanksgiving Day by Gail Gibbons.
Information on the history and traditions of the Thanksgiving holiday.

A Thanksgiving Turkey by Julian Scheer.
The story of a boy and his grandfather hunting for a Thanksgiving turkey.  When they find the turkey, can they bring themselves to shoot it?

The Turkey Girl: A Zuni Cinderella by Penny Pollock.
A Native American version of the Cinderella story.  However, this ending has a different twist.

A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting.  
Mr. Moose sets out to find a real turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.  Isn't the turkey surprised when he's invited to be a guest and not the main course?

Turkeys, Pilgrims, and Indian Corn: The Story of Thanksgiving Symbols by Edna Barth.
A non-fiction book on these symbols of Thanksgiving.

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