This Thanksgiving story was inspired by the author’s own ESOL students who told her they ate holiday foods from their birth countries rather than traditional Thanksgiving fare. Author talk includes songs, a celebration of cultural diversity in America, and the process of writing a picture book.
“While this is particularly timely just before Thanksgiving, it is far from a seasonal book and will be enjoyed year-round. It’s a well-told tale about celebrating diversity and finding a way to assimilate without losing one’s culture of origin.” — Young Children, November 2009..
Thanksgiving Day Songs http://www.jacquelinejules.com/thanksgivingsongs.htm
Book trailer for Duck for Turkey Day http://youtu.be/qbrvcGUkeIc
About the Author
Jacqueline Jules is the award-winning author of 23 books for young readers including the Zapato Power chapter book series (Albert Whitman) and Unite or Die: How Thirteen States Became a Nation (Charlesbridge, 2009). She is also a teacher, librarian, and poet. At author visits, she teaches the audience original songs so they leave the presentation humming. You can hear The Ballad of Freddie Ramos at her website.
School Visit Information http://www.jacquelinejules.com/presentations.htm