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Tom Kettleman

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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.

Tom Kettleman

The People's Turkey

Authored by Donna Pacini-Christensen
Cover design or artwork by Joe Garcia
Edition: 1

Turkey Tom Kettleman was first seen at the intersection of Kettleman Lane and Lower Sacramento Road in Lodi, California during the spring of 2014. He quickly became a popular attraction, capturing the hearts and imaginations of many. On 09-28-14 a motorist struck and killed Tom.

Author Donna Pacini-Christensen created this inspiring short story for children to benefit PALS HAVEN, a new animal shelter in Lodi, California. Wildlife artist Joe Garcia graciously consented to have his artwork included to enhance the story.

In the story Tom Kettleman speaks to Alex, a seven-year-old boy. Tom urges Alex and other children to remind adults to put the brakes on their hectic lives and take time to read a book, to fish with a hook, to toss around a ball, to fly a kite, or to take a snooze.

Also included are interest facts about turkeys, wild and domestic. Along with this book the author has created a special web page with information and photographs about PALS HAVEN, Tom Kettleman Kids Turkey Art, book reviews, photographs of Lodi Lake and the Mokelumne River, inspiring "Tom Kettleman" quotes, and fun YouTube turkey song videos. The website address is

The target reader age group is second grade; however, the story can be enjoyed from kindergarten through all elementary grade levels as well as by young-at-heart adults.

Publication Date:
150526877X / 9781505268775
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
Full Color
Related Categories:
Juvenile Fiction / Animals / General

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