Did You Know? (Turkey Edition)

Did you know that the turkey almost became the symbol for the United States instead of the bald eagle?   

I found this information in the book National Geographic Complete Birds of North America. This book has really lovely pictures of all kinds of wild birds, and anecdotal stories like the one about Benjamin Franklin writing his daughter telling her the turkey would have been better than the bald eagle for a symbol for the United States.

In Storey’s Guide to Raising Poultry by Leonard Mercia there is a very complete section about raising turkeys. It has everything you need to know to get started farming or just raising a few at home.

To make a yummy turkey, try one of our many cookbooks in the 641.66 section. How to Cook A Turkey has directions and recipes for an entire Thanksgiving Dinner! There are many other cookbooks that include turkey. Betty Crocker and the Joy of Cooking are just two examples.

And just for fun be sure to look for Turkey Riddles by Katy Hall and Lisa Eisenberg. The kids will have fun telling the riddles all through dinner!  How is a penny like a turkey sitting on a fence? Head’s on one side, tail’s on the other!