Thursday, January 7, 2010
The Great Turkey Walk
We read a lot around here. Not as much as I'd like, but a lot.
I was probably looking for Thanksgiving books at the library, when I came across The Great Turkey Walk, and - though it has nothing to do with the holidays - I brought it home.
We've read it twice now, and liked it as much the second time.
Back in 1860 simple-minded Simon Green, a not-exactly-academically-gifted 15-year-old, has just completed the 3rd grade, for the 4th time, and is gently encouraged to spread his wings elsewhere. Hearing the turkeys are selling for $5 apiece in boomtown Denver, and noticing a glut of them in his native Missouri, Simon decides to walk/herd a thousand turkeys to Denver and sell them. Throw in a kind recovering drunk of a drover, a runaway slave, an orphan in the wilderness, encounters with Indians, and Simon's no-good, thieving father for extra flavor.
Simon knows that everybody has a talent, it's just a matter of figuring out where you belong.
Just thought I'd mention it, since we liked it so much.