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The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County

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.

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"In this delightful story about life on a farm, an African-American youngster is determined to become the best chicken chaser ever, although Big Mama repeatedly asks her to leave the animals alone....As the summer days wear on, she finally finds Miss Hen's hiding spot in the tall green grass. She is sitting on a nest with 'fuzzy chicks cuddling tight beneath her wing,' and although it would be easy to grab her, the child makes a more mature decision and resists the temptation....This book makes a marvelously delicious read-aloud, accompanied by participatory 'prucks' and 'squawks' from the audience." — Blair Christolon, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Janice N. Harrington
Illustrator Shelley Jackson
ISBN 0374312516
Publication Date Mar 20, 2007
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Language English