"QUEENIE, ONE OF THE FAMILY" by Bob Graham

"QUEENIE, ONE OF THE FAMILY"

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KIRKUS REVIEW

From Graham (Greetings from Sandy Beach, 1992, etc.), a genial story about a surprising kind of tolerance, featuring a lovable family, a hen, and a dog. When Caitlin's father saves a hen from drowning in a lake, the family christens her ""Queenie,"" then returns her to her owner, a local farmer. They haven't seen the last of Queenie, who makes daily pilgrimages to their house to leave an egg in Bruno the dog's bed. Caitlin collects the ""gifts"" for awhile, but becomes forgetful when a new baby joins the family. The eggs accumulate until Queenie stops visiting, and, in a humorous twist, Bruno hatches the chicks. The chicks are promptly taken to the farmer's, but Caitlin manages to keep one for home. A true sense of family and acceptance comes through in Graham's illustrations; they are loosely sketched and very appealing, while his use of small panels in the oversize pages gives the story momentum and direction.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1997
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Candlewick