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The chicken-chasing queen of Lamar County

by Harrington, Janice N.

Format: Print Book 2007
Availability: Available at 7 Libraries 7 of 8 copies
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Bethel Park Public Library Picture Books PB HARRINGTON Janice
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Picture Books qj Fic Harringt
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Carnegie Library of Homestead Juvenile Picture Book J PIC Harr
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Northland Public Library Children's Picture Books J PIC HARRINGTON
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Meet one smart chicken chaser. She can catch any chicken on her grandmother's farm except one - the elusive Miss Hen. In a hilarious battle of wits, the spirited narrator regales readers with her campaign to catch Miss Hen, but this chicken is "fast as a mosquito buzzing and quick as a fleabite." Our chicken chaser has her mind set on winning, until she discovers that sometimes it's just as satisfying not to catch chickens as it is to catch them.

A fresh voice full of sass and inventive, bold collage illustrations full of surprises create a childlike escapade brimming with funny high jinks that leads the reader on a merry, memorable chase.

The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Harrington, whose Going North (2004) was named a Booklist Top of the List--Picture Book, offers another winning book. I'm the Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County, announces a young African American girl. Gray-haired Big Mama warns her to leave the birds alone, but the girl can't restrain herself: the chase is too much fun, and the elusive Miss Hen is her ultimate prize. When the girl finally manages to sneak up on Miss Hen in the grass, she discovers her prize surrounded by chicks, and the girl instantly reforms: I know you're a mama now . . . . I won't trouble your babies. Both words and pictures elevate a simple story about a girl's sly barnyard game into a rollicking, well-told delight. The words are both colloquial and poetic, and Harrington perfectly balances the tense strategizing and stalking (I sneaky-hide behind Big Mama's wheelbarrow and make myself small, small, small ) as well as the gentle caring that follows. Jackson's exceptional collages of cut paper, fabric, and paint magnify both the feather-flying action and the characters' emotions, including the loving bond between the girl and Big Mama. Kids will easily feel the irresistible allure of a subversive game as well as the deep bond with an animal friend. A first-rate read-aloud. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "creatively visual language, the pigtailed girl describes Miss Hen, her favorite prey: "Her feathers are shiny as a rained-on roof. She has high yellow stockings and long-fingered feet, and when she talks-`Pruck! Pruck! Pruck!'-it sounds like pennies falling on a dinner plate." But this hen is too speedy for the child to catch. When Miss Hen disappears, the youngster checks possible hiding places and finally finds her in tall grass, sitting on a nest of eggs with three newly hatched chicks by her side. Protecting her brood, the still hen is hers for the snatching, but the wise girl tells her not to worry: "I know you're a mama now. You're doing what you need to do. I won't trouble your babies." Now, instead of chasing the chickens, the child diligently feeds Miss Hen and her 12 chicks, vowing that, when those babies grow up, she will teach them "to run so fast that no one will ever catch them-not even a chicken chaser like me!" Jackson's (The Old Woman and the Wave) sunny, mixed-media collage art inventively combines variegated patterns, textures and photos (the especially dashing Miss Hen is a brightly hued patchwork bird) and conveys the young heroine's boundless energy. Lively chicken chat-much of it presented in collage-makes this a spirited read-aloud. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Chickens -- Fiction.
Farm life -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Farrar, Straus and Giroux,2007
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Jackson, Shelley.
Language English
Notes "Melanie Kroupa Books."
Description 1 volume (unpaged.) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
ISBN 9780374312510
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