Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County Hardcover – 20 March 2007
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- Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr); 1st edition (20 March 2007)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0374312516
- ISBN-13 : 978-0374312510
- Reading age : 4 - 8 years
- Dimensions : 24.18 x 0.94 x 27.66 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 14,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
"This book just begs to be read aloud, with long pauses to take in the complexity of the gorgeous half painted, half collage illustrations." --Time Magazine"Never has the expression feathers will fly been aptly illustrated as in this vivacious story." --Starred, Kirkus Reviews "Both words and pictures elevate a simple story about a girl's sly, barnyard game into a rollicking, well-told delight. A first-rate read-aloud." --Starred, Booklist "This funny story will have city kids longing for the chance to chase (and/or nurture) some chickens themselves." --Starred, The Horn Book "The mischief sings in every syllable fo this energetic tale . . . Harrington's storytelling style make the prose jump from page to ear." --Starred, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "Exceptional." --Book Links "A marvelously delicious read-aloud." --School Library Journal "A spirited read-aloud." --Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Janice N. Harrington grew up in Vernon, Alabama. When she was eight years old, her family moved to Lincoln, Nebraska. A lover of stories both written and oral, she came to her interest in writing through childhood favorites such as Jane Eyre, Charlotte's Web, and the Greek myths she came upon in an antiquated set of the Book of Knowledge encyclopedia.Ms. Harrington received the Ezra Jack Keat's New Writer Award for her first picture book, Going North. The book, which Kirkus Reviews called "gorgeous," and School Library Journal described as "a solid choice for readers," was named a Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Book, a Kirkus Reviews Editor's Choice, and a Booklist Editors' Choice. Her second picture book, The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County, has already received much acclaim, being selected for Fanfare, The Horn Book's Honor List and named a Kirkus Reviews Editor's Choice. Ms. Harrington is also a nationally known storyteller who has been featured at the National Storytelling Festival, a widely published poet, and a children's librarian with over twenty-two years' experience as a youth advocate. She lives in Champaign, Illinois.
SHELLEY JACKSON is the author-illustrator of several picture books and author of adult fiction. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Shelley Jackson makes the story come alive with illustrations that seem real yet whimsical with a bit of collage throughout the book.
My children and I would have loved this when they were 5-8ish years old. It might have helped as educational moments as we had chickens back then. Learning that you must chase down a chicken every now and thing to medicate or isolate certain ones. But chasing, as fun as it could be, frighten the chickens and can be bad for them. My kids never found that a goal. Instead, they learned to gather eggs and mostly leave the chickens to live their own lives. They saw hens clutch and babies hatch and follow mothers around.
This fits in the Black Lives Matter category as the child, and her mom are black. It is incidental. This could have been any race living in rural areas. I like that. I can't wait until things like this book become commonplace. Books and the arts should reflect our lives. All kinds of people live on this earth. Why not enjoy the variety?
Now that I am finished reading this book, I will donate it to the local library as I think it might be a good addition.
And the art is a perfect match for the exuberance of the poetic text.
Here is our blurb for the awards:
"Mama says "NO," but this farm girl seems determined to keep right on chasing chickens, especially poor Miss Hen, the one chicken that always gets away. This lively story is told in the first-person voice of our full-of-the-devil young lady, using language that sings with the vernacular and cadence of true country storytelling. The illustrations are a perfect match in spirit, and they move the tale along with equal verve, using the rich texture of collage, skilled brush strokes, celebratory colors and charming whimsy. Best of all, we learn that even the wildest hearts are capable of warmth and growth. "