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The Turkey Girl
The Turkey Girl: A Zuni Cinderella Story
by Penny Pollock
Illustrated by Ed Young
Hardcover
Little Brown, 1996
ISBN-10: 0316713147

This is a Native American folktale about a poor orphan girl who spends her time herding turkeys. She desperately wants to attend a sacred dance but realizes she cannot go since the only clothes she owns are all tattered and worn. The “Old One” (a turkey) comes to her aid and asks her to promise to be back before sundown. The turkeys make her a dress of feathers and adorn her with turquoise jewelry. She goes to the dance but ends up having so much fun, she forgets about the time. She frantically flees and returns home to find the turkeys have all flown the coop!
Awards:: Aesop’s Accolade Award