Lynn: I love it when real-life incidents coincide with new book discoveries. I seem to be encountering chickens everywhere these days—live ones, not on my dinner plate. My son and daughter-in-law brought six chickens home to roost at their house in the country, and my grandsons have been full of stories about the birds’ progress. Another friend bought several Bantam chickens, striking a deep chord of envy in me. My grandmother raised chickens and always had some Bantams running around when I was a kid. The large city close to us recently passed an ordinance allowing residents to raise chickens, and when I went to my favorite plant nursery this spring, there was a flock of chickens prospecting under the plant tables and clucking amongst themselves. Chickens are everywhere!
Chickens are everywhere!
So Robin Page’s A Chicken Followed Me Home: Questions and Answers about a Familiar Fowl (2015) was eggsactly the book I wanted to examine. “A chicken followed me home,” says the narrator, the only portion of whom we see is a tennis-shoe clad foot. “What do I do now?” A large, astonished-looking Rhode Island Red stares out at readers from the double-page spread, and in the pages following, as common questions about chickens are asked and answered. The questions are in large, bold text: What do they eat? Can they fly away? What kind of chicken is this? Will it lay eggs? The answers, geared to young readers, are shown in smaller, lighter text. The bright, digital illustrations stand out crisply on plain backgrounds and a delightful sense of fun is evident on each page. “More Chicken Questions” are addressed over two pages at the end, and recommended books and websites are suggested as sources for more information.
This delightful and timely book is wonderful for both story-time groups and lap time and is sure to find an eager audience.