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Review of A Chicken Followed Me Home: Questions and Answers About a Familiar Fowl

page_chicken followed me homeA Chicken Followed Me Home: Questions and Answers About a Familiar Fowl
by Robin Page; illus. by the author
Preschool, Primary   Beach Lane/Simon   32 pp.
3/15   978-1-4814-1028-1   $17.99   g
e-book ed. 978-1-4814-1029-8   $12.99

This straightforward introduction to chickens is a lesson in book design of young informational books. Lots of white space allows the exemplar chicken, a Rhode Island Red, plenty of room; she (and the book clearly explains how to tell the males from the females) is generally pictured at about half life-sized. Each page or spread asks (“How long does it take an egg to become a chick?”) and answers (“If a fertilized egg is kept warm and turned regularly, a chick will hatch in about 21 days”) just one question about chickens and their care, and the sequence of questions is logical, with each answer building on what’s come before. The Photoshop illustrations are warm and unclinical but spare and always attentive to the particular topic under review. A closing spread offers a slightly more advanced set of chicken questions (“Why do chickens have combs?”) and a neat, brief directory of other sources for information. Sophie in Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer, reviewed on page 112, would’ve found the practical information here extremely useful.

From the May/June 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. Janthelibrarian says:

    For children? Au contraire! I shall not surrender this book to my students until I have had MY fill! Oh, the illustrations! Oh, the well organized, concise information! Oh fie, and alas, I do have one suggestion for improvement. Please send a live chicken with the book for a perfect storytime event. Preferably an Orpington Buff.
    And please, don’t stop now. I work with sheep and horses also, so get busy!
    Thanks, sincerely, for a wonderful, greatly needed, book.

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