Turkey in the Straw by Barbara Shook Hazen

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When things are looking bad, a farmer who would rather fiddle than do his chores invites his neighbors to a hoedown where he plays such a lively tune that his shy daughter's pet turkey starts dancing, with happy results.

About Barbara Shook Hazen

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Barbara Shook Hazen has written more than eighty books for children. Her most recent titles include, Where Do Bears Sleep?, illustrated by Mary Morgan Van Royen; Digby, illustrated by Barbara J. Phillips-Duke; and The Knight Who Was Afraid of the Dark, illustrated by Tony Ross. She lives in Massachusetts and New York City.Jane Manning is the illustrator of My First Songs, This Little Piggy, and the HarperTrophy Black Cat Club series. She lives in Deep River, CT. Brad Sneed is the popular illustrator of many picture books for children, including "Deputy Harvey and the Ant Cow Caper", which received a starred review; "Grandpa's Song; I Heard Said the Bird; Thumbelina"; and "Aesop's Fables." He lives with his wife, Dena, and their daughter in Prairie Village, Kansas. You can visit him on the internet at www.BradSneed.com.
Published September 6, 1993 by Dial. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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He holds a country dance that spins a thread of good fortune when the turkey kicks up the straw, ``waddles wagging, feathers flapping--in time to the music.'' In this folkloric fling with a favorite American tune, Hazen's ( Tight Times ) lively text, imbued with the rhythm of dance-call phrases, ...

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