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The Chicken of the Family

by Mary  Amato
Illustrated by Delphine Durand

Published by Putnam, 2008
32 pages
ISBN: 978-0399241963

Ages 4-7

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Henrietta doesn’t want to believe it when her two old sisters tell her she’s really a chicken. Still, she’s worried. “I am not a chicken I am not a chicken,” she chants to fall asleep that night. The next morning, however, there’s an egg in her bed, and two stray feathers on the floor. Feeling like she doesn’t fit in with her family anymore, Henrietta heads off to Barney’s farm nearby. Soon, she’s hopping, flapping, and strutting happily with all the other hens. When her sisters try to avoid punishment by admitting it was all a joke and urging Henrietta to come home, the joke is on them. Henrietta likes being a chicken and would just as soon stay on the farm—the hens are much nicer than her sisters. “Always got room for another free-ranger,” says farmer Barney. Mary Amato’s fresh and funny take on sibling dynamics is buoyed by lively details and perfectly paired with Delphine Durand’s comical illustrations. (MS) ©2008 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

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