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Tom Kettleman: The People's Turkey Paperback – Large Print, December 3, 2014
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About the Author
Donna Pacini-Christensen is a published writer and reviewer. She writes novels, novellas, short stories, poetry, songs, literary reviews, and music reviews. She is a vocalist and a creative arts photographer with a passion for photographing live performances. Many of her photographs are on web sites and in print publications. In 2004 she started A Starry Night Productions with her husband Tim Christensen.
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Tom Kettleman---The People’s Turkey gives people at all levels a glance out of that ditch into which we dig ourselves. It gives a glance at a bigger picture.
Why is the big picture important? The simple answer is because we are important. Our children's view of themselves and the world is important. If stock statements, bank balances, and impressive toys are all there is to life, then I am wrong. If not, there is so much more to teach future generations, and this book cuts to the heart of it in a very simple, straight-forward way. It’s the kind of book that I wish I had written, but deep down I am simply grateful that its message exists.
Most certainly nature has a way of teaching us to slow down, to feel the gentle breeze on our faces, to smell the mist in the air, and to enjoy the dirt beneath our bare feet. Even with all our modern technology and luxuries, may we never forget to tap into our wild raw person that will inevitably inspire countless others to do the same.
It is sad to see truly wild animals dwindling in number, but from this loss comes a heap of awareness. Thank you Donna Pacini-Christensen and Joe Garcia for creating a relaxing and inspiring read for all who are fortunate enough to come across this book.
Perhaps TK was transported by some alien force from his peaceful rural environment to a traffic-ridden four-lane intersection. Donna Pacini-Christensen captures this setting and message in her story about TK’s encounter with a young boy named Alex. TK advises Alex about slowing down and enjoying the beauty that surrounds us.
If you are a parent, take time to find a quiet, secluded place and read this story to your children. If you do not have young people in your household, do the same, including reading it out loud. It may take some time to process the message, and perhaps even longer and harder to implement it. However, imagine the pleasure you'll get when you realize you've learned something from a turkey!
One of my favorite lines from the book is, "I have not been stuck in Lodi. I chose to be here." It made me laugh out loud and caused me to see in my minds-eye, a wild turkey in a reflection of clear water. This is a book filled with credence and a great read indeed.
Today I can say I will never hunt again. I do not feel the need or desire to do so. However, I can say by reading this story about Turkey Tom Kettleman that I have a clearer perspective on how he can stand as a positive role model and a fascinating figure to children and adults alike. I trust that the purpose of the book will be warmly embraced. May it strengthen our support of PALS and the great service PALS provides to our community.