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THE CHICKEN OF THE FAMILY by Mary Amato

THE CHICKEN OF THE FAMILY

By Mary Amato (Author) , Delphine Durand (Illustrator)

Age Range: 6 - 8

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-399-24196-3
Publisher: Putnam

Henrietta’s two older sisters teasingly tell her that she’s really a chicken, then leave an egg and feathers around her bed as “proof.” More than half-convinced, Henrietta leaves home for the nearest farm and, finding the company in the henyard surprisingly convivial, refuses to leave when her busted sisters arrive to fetch her back. Marching about on similarly stubby legs, Henrietta and the hens mingle peaceably in Durand’s cartoon illustrations, and create such an idyllic playscape that one sister joins in (the other marches off in disgust). In a finale that rings true, the two are last seen strutting triumphantly homeward with big smiles on their faces, as the remaining sister faces the parental music. It’s the most satisfying turn of the tables since Chris Van Allsburg’s similarly themed Probuditi! (2006). (Picture book. 6-8)