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THE BEGINNING OF PEOPLE'S CHICKEN

Author: Delena Deatherage

Illustrator: Joe Kent

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Publisher: AuthorHouse,

Material: paperback

Summary: A baby chick on a farm gets nursed back to health inside the farmhouse and ends up becoming a part of the people family, more attached to the humans than the other chickens on the farm. This is a very lighthearted look into life on a farm.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book.

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 6; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 7

Age of Child: Read with boys 3 and 5 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: Both of my kids liked this book, and said they liked "Everything.” Animals are always a hit, and they liked the (rooster, chicken, and dog.

Adult Reader Reaction: I loved the concept of introducing my kids to life on the farm, but I was very distracted by the rambling of the story, the fact that the plot didn’t really have a conclusion or a moral, and that the illustrations were not spectacular.

Pros: Welcome to life on the farm! In my humble opinion, this is a critical concept in modern early education.

Cons: The story rambles, and it is hard to figure out what we the author is "teaching" us. There are also punctuation and capitalization issues that do not set a good example for transitional readers (2d to 4th grade) who could read this independently.

Borrow or Buy: Skip. There are stronger books about life on the farm.

If You Liked This Book, Try: ALPHABET BOOK (Usborne Farmyard Tales)   VISITING THE FARM / VISITANDO LA GRANJA (Mandy and Andy)   TILLIE LAYS AN EGG

Educational Themes: Kids can learn about life on the farm, with the caveat that this is a narrow view. This chicken's life is not typical, because he was injured and cared for in the house. A parallel: it is like saying that raccoons are raised on bottles when you look at a rescued baby raccoon whose mother was hit by a car. Not much else.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, family

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2010

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