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The Turkey Girl: A Zuni Cinderella Story

by Penny Pollock

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The Turkey Girl is an interesting spin on the classic Cinderella folktale. The story focuses on a young girl who looks after turkeys. The people in the town don't think much of the turkey girl until the night of an annual dance. I love that instead of a fairy godmother, the turkeys dress her in the finest dress and jewelry. The main idea of the story centers on keeping promises and it is interesting to see that when the turkey girl breaks her promise, her happy ending doesn't happen. I would use this book in a lesson to teach children the importance of keeping promises as well as introducing them to different stories based on Cinderella. ( )
  jwesley | Mar 3, 2015 |
I have an addiction for cinderella stories, and this is a Zuni(native american) one. It is sad, in the end, but I feel that kids will like it because it is familiar and different. I would use this to teach main idea and characterization. ( )
  Ginger_Malone | Apr 24, 2013 |
A Zuni Cinderella Story.
A Native American Indian version of the classic Cinderella. The destitute young girl who cares for turkeys in the village and lives a very modest life is excited to hear of a local tribal gathering. Just as she resigns to the hard reality that she will not be attending such an elaborate event, the turkeys beginning speaking and as a gesture of gratitude provide her with costume and jewelry to attend. The fine attire and accesories will only last until the rise of the sun and if she has not returned the turkeys will disappear as well. The young girl's selfishness leave her alone and poor yet again.

in the classroom: fractured fairy tell; oral traditions; Native American Indian version of Cinderella; fairy tell; theme of selfishness, broken promises; ( )
  melscott | Jun 21, 2012 |
Turkey Girl is poor and cares for turkeys (hence the name). All are invited to a large feast, she feels that she is unworthy to attend. The turkeys work magic to create a beautiful gown for her; all they ask is that she return before nightfall. Turkey Girl goes to the feast, all are in awe. She returns too late, her turkey friends are gone, she is alone. Instead of being restored to her pre-wicked-stepmother self, she is simply restored to her poor self (minus the only friends she had, the turkeys). Illustrations: oil crayon and pastel, creating a subtle effect. Question the Cinderella connection; other than a girl who gets pretty clothes, what else is there? ( )
  MrsBond | Feb 17, 2009 |
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To a young girl who tends turkeys for a living, an opportunity to go to The Dance of the Scared Bird seems but a distant dream.

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In this Indian variant of a familiar story, some turkeys make a gown of feathers for the poor girl who tends them so that she can participate in a sacred dance, but they desert her when she fails to return as promised.

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