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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
FSG Books for Young Readers
On Sale: 03/12/2019
ISBN: 978037430097540 Pages, Ages 4-8
Winston and Sophie live in a big city. When they see a sign for chickens that need a home, Mommy says they don’t need to live in the country to raise chickens. And what could be better—pets that lay eggs! So they prepare the coop, tell their friends, and soon enough, the chickens arrive. But it seems that no matter what the children try, these chickens don’t want to be pets, and they refuse to lay eggs. Can anything change their minds? Will the chickens ever feel at home?
With bright, funny illustrations and an informative note from author Barbara Samuels, The Chickens are Coming! is a story about doing something new, learning to be patient, and welcoming new members into the family.
Praise for The Chickens Are Coming!
“A genial domestic cartooned comedy with an underlying lesson about appreciating living creatures. . .Samuels gets excellent comic mileage by drawing her hens as unblinkingly unflappable, even in the face of the children’s gambits to get them to lay eggs. But the family’s frustration melts as they grow to understand the chickens as not just egg generators, but also as vivid individuals.” —Publishers Weekly
“A very enjoyable read-aloud for would-be urban farmers and kids just needing a good laugh.” —Kirkus Reviews
“This bright and funny read-aloud will enliven any storytime. Chickens rule the roost.” —School Library Journal
“This charming, humorous mini-adventure in urban farming should get readers thinking out of the box (or crate) about what they can do in their own backyards. . .The boldly colored illustrations capture city life with realistic details that also extend to the family’s chickens, each with an identifiably colored egg. This may inspire readers to raise chickens, or investigate other local sustainability options.” —Booklist