Lauren and her family live in Upton, Massachusetts, a small rural town. So when Lauren decided to use her carpentry skills to make a hen house -and to get some chicks to live in the hen house- she had the land available to do just that. Randomly selecting four chicks, hoping none of them would turn out to be a boy who would grow into a problem causing rooster, the family doted on their new additions. Of course very little in life turns out to be so straightforward or simple, and Lauren’s grand chicken experiment was neither straightforward nor simple. More carpentry -some quite painful, a few dicey moments with Marky -the family dog, and scary unexpected changes in the health of the different chickens are just a portion of the trauma and drama happening to this flock of loveable ladies.
How much do I love the book? So much! I love the story, I love the illustrations, I love how sweet it is to find a message of compassion tucked into the funky feathers of a chicken! I laughed, I cried, and I would love to do it all over again. This is one to own!
Take a moment and check out Lauren’s Blog Scratch and Peck. You’ll be glad you did.