Sunday, January 13, 2008

Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice N. Harrington

Big Mama, obviously a grandmother, tells a young African American girl not to chase chickens. But of course she does it anyway, because it's fun and because she has her sights set on catching "Miss Hen." Wonderful figurative language and bright collage spreads make this a delight to read. The rural setting won't be familiar to most kids, but they will identify with this mischevious little girl, who, in the end, finds a good reason to give up her chicken chasing ways.


wheelew said...

Kids will love this story. The bright illustrations almost jump off of the page and what kid doesn't like hiding, chasing and being just a little bit bad? The writing is full of creative examples of similes for our fourth grade writers.

croneh said...

Mischevious farm fun! It's a giggle from the beginning when the reader knows we aren't going to mind Big Mama today. But the tables turn as we learn more about Miss Hen.

Charming, farm-friendly illustrations using fabric pieces to add texture and form. Lots of detail work to look at or just take it for it's beautiful whole.