A gentle little story, just a notch above tepid, that might better have been spared its heroine's early tears and its final moralizing page. Scottish Janet's impatience with a balky horse results in one broken-legged chick, which farm workers George and Tom fit with a splint and Janet tends in a coop up on the moor--all so that Herself, Janet's sometimes testy grandmother, won't find out. Chickabird grows into a fat, self-satisfied hen who scorns the farmyard and, eventually, gives house space to a beautiful cock pheasant. And, yes, come spring Chickabird is gone too--to return in time to hatch her first mixed brood. Since they're only half-wild, ""wise kind Granny"" observes, she'll need Janet's help to bring them up. Which prompts Janet's mother's unfortunate blessing on sometimes-wild Janet. Airy, atmospheric John Burningham-ish pictures complete the ensemble.