Why Do We Eat Turkey on Thanksgiving?
I’m thrilled to announce that I have written a children’s book called Why Do We Eat Turkey on Thanksgiving? And my grandmother, Marlene Turner, did the fabulous illustrations for it!
Many years ago, Marlene Turner (my Grandmother) painted “Hurkey the Turkey" to serve as a Thanksgiving decoration. Little did she know how much her family would love the painting. In fact, I love it so much that I said I would write a book about Thanksgiving if Gram would illustrate it with drawings of Hurkey. At the age of 86, Turner drew the illustrations you see in the book to go along with my story.
No Kid Hungry
Grandma and I decided to donate all profits from sales of the book — every cent! — to No Kid Hungry. This organization’s mission is to ensure that no child in America goes hungry. Since our book is about Thanksgiving, we thought supporting No Kid Hungry was more than appropriate.
Title: Why Do We Eat Turkey on Thanksgiving?
Written by: Nicholas Scarpino
Illustrated by: Marlene Turner
Self-Published by: Little Shoe Publishing
List Prices: $19.99 (hardcover), $12.99 (paperback), and $2.99 eBook
Juvenile Nonfiction > Holidays & Celebrations > Thanksgiving
Juvenile Nonfiction > Social Science > Customs, Traditions, Anthropology
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9891334-2-5
Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-9891334-3-2
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9891334-4-9
Have you ever wondered why we eat turkey on Thanksgiving? The answer is not so simple! Ben Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Charles Dickens, and many others helped make turkey the star of Thanksgiving dinner. Let Hurkey the Turkey be your guide as you explore the history behind one of our country's first holidays. This book is fun for the whole family and features illustrations by 86-year-old Marlene Turner, creator of Hurkey the Turkey.
About the Author and Illustrator
Marlene Turner has been an artist her entire life. She has painted portraits of each of her 15 grandchildren, crocheted blankets for each of her 22 great grandchildren, baked and created numerous wedding cakes, and illustrated a family cookbook. When she painted Hurkey the Turkey to serve as a Thanksgiving decoration, little did she know how much her family would love the painting. In fact, one of her grandchildren, Nick Scarpino, said he would write a book about Thanksgiving if his grandmother would illustrate it with drawings of Hurkey. At the age of 86, Turner drew the illustrations you see here to go along with Scarpino's story.
This grandmother and grandson team hope you learned something from this book, and that Hurkey brings your family as much joy as he has brought theirs.
If you are writing a story about our book and would like to include pictures, you may use the below photos with a photo credit to Nichole Scarpino.