Henhouse: A True Story of Growing Up on a Maine Farm

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Author Carol Dean relates an adventure that she experienced while growing up on her family's chicken farm in central Maine. The Henhouse is the charming, instructive tale of a young girl who one day begs her father to let her help him care for the chickens. Once inside the big henhouse, though, young Carol is assaulted by sights, sounds, and smells — and agressive roosters — she had only guessed about before.

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Overview

Author Carol Dean relates an adventure that she experienced while growing up on her family's chicken farm in central Maine. The Henhouse is the charming, instructive tale of a young girl who one day begs her father to let her help him care for the chickens. Once inside the big henhouse, though, young Carol is assaulted by sights, sounds, and smells — and agressive roosters — she had only guessed about before.

Here the author relates an adventure that she experienced while growing up on her family's chicken farm in central Maine. The Henhouse is the charming, instructive tale of a young girl who one day begs her father to let her help him care for the chickens, a task he normally reserves for himself. Once inside the big henhouse, though, young Carol is assaulted by sights, sounds, and smells she had only guessed about before. Surrounded by hundreds of roosters and hens, the little girl grows frightened when she is momentarily separated from her father and pecked by the aggressive roosters. Thankfully, Carol's dad comes to the rescue in the nick of time, scoops her up in his arms, and carries her to safety. In easy-to-understand words and wonderfully descriptive, playful watercolors, The Henhouse tells a warm, entertaining story that also depicts for children a way of life--the small, family farm--that is rapidly disappearing from the American landscape.

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The author, who previously self-published a different version of this story titled Carol in the Country, draws the reader into the life she experienced growing up on a farm in Maine. The writing has the reader almost feeling the soft, fluffy warmth of a baby chick as well as the ferocious pecking and clawing of an angry rooster. Watercolor illustrations further convey the sense of a loving family living in what appears to be a simpler time, but the story doesn't make everything simple and easy. Carol begs to help her father collect eggs in the henhouse, but she finds the chickens don't always cooperate and when she forgets the advice her dad gave her about how to act in the henhouse, she finds herself surround by angry birds. She drops her basket and breaks all the eggs she collected, but then Dad comes to the rescue in this interesting and refreshingly different story. 2003, Down East Books,
— Carolyn Mott Ford
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K-Gr 2-Based on an incident in the author's own life, this picture book recalls a simpler time on a family chicken farm in Maine. Finally allowed to help with the chores, young Carol enters the henhouse and is bombarded by sights, sounds, and smells she'd not imagined. She quickly becomes distracted, loses track of her father, and panics when the aggressive roosters come after her. Within minutes, Dad comes to her rescue. Told in the style of a reminiscence, this story will be easily understood even by young listeners. The sketchy, average-quality watercolor illustrations suit the mood of the text. The country family of the past is represented well with Mom in dress and apron. The "mean" roosters are realistically portrayed, with just enough animation to convince readers of Carol's fear of them. This tale will appeal most to families looking for a book to share and discuss, and can be the stimulus for telling and hearing their own stories.-Carolyn Janssen, Children's Learning Center of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892726097
  • Publisher: Down East Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.47 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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