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Nora and her family have just arrived from Russia and are making a new home on the American frontier. The prairie is very different from the forested hills Nora is used to. Most of all, it?s lonely. Papa has the cows he sings to as he milks them. Baby brother Milo has a dog to follow him wherever he goes. But Nora has no one and nothing to call her own until Papa brings ...
Nora and her family have just arrived from Russia and are making a new home on the American frontier. The prairie is very different from the forested hills Nora is used to. Most of all, it’s lonely. Papa has the cows he sings to as he milks them. Baby brother Milo has a dog to follow him wherever he goes. But Nora has no one and nothing to call her own until Papa brings home a dozen chicks and two geese. Nora names each one, and they follow her everywhere — even to church! But what will happen when one of her beloved chicks goes missing?
Posted November 7, 2013
Nora was not pleased with her new home in America. Her new home on the prairie did not have as many trees or hills as Russia had in fact she saw only one tree and not even one tree. On top of that she needed a friend. One girl visited her new home but they both were too shy to connect as friends.
One day Nora's dad brought home some baby chicks and two geese to add to their families food chain. This upset Nora and her father decided she could have the chicks. They would be hers to care for and do with as she saw fit. This pleased Nora so much she promised her father she would take good care her chicks. The chicks followed Nora every where she went making Nora and her chicks well known.
The author wrote the story in a simple way that will make it easy for early readers to read. The story is well written emphasizing how hard it must have been for a young immigrant to adjust to their new life in America.
Children moving to a new school or neighborhood would find comfort in reading this story. The illustrations reminded me of some first readers I enjoyed reading as a child in the early 1950s. I can still see the illustrations in my mind.
I highly recommend this book.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Candlewick Press for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. This review is my honest opinion.
Posted June 15, 2013
Review: It is difficult to move from one's home to a new one, and it is especially so for a child. But when the child leaves the familiar home and the familiar countryside and familiar friends, it is really, really hard. Nora's family immigrates to America in the prairie area where there are no hills and no trees. Nora is saddened and lonely with all this unsettling change.
And then as Papa begins to stock the farm, he gets some chicks. Soon the chicks are following Nora around and now they are her friends. New beginnings. New surroundings. New friends, even if they are the feathery type. But then one goes missing. This is a sweet, tenderly presented story of immigrants, change, loss, loneliness, friendship, and adjustment.
The illustrations by Kathryn Brown are stunningly beautiful. They are soft, defined, whimsical, and replete with unwritten details of the story. The combination of Patricia MacLachlan's gentle story and Brown's artistry makes the craft of children's picture books enduring and enchanting.
It is easy to recommend this book to parents, librarians (school, home, public), and children of all ages.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary review copy by Candlewick Press on behalf of the author and illustrator to facilitate my honest review. Opinions expessed are solely my own. No compensation was given for this review.
Posted February 26, 2013
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Patricia MacLachlan, author of one of my favorite childhood novels, Sarah, Plain and Tall, is still in the business of creating heartwarming children's books. Nora's Chicks, illustrated by Kathryn Brown, is a sweet story that captures the heart of change, family, and finding friendship.
Nora and her family have moved to America from Russia. While her family settles in their new home and new surroundings, Nora struggles to accept the change. She misses the view of her dear Russia and feels saddened that she also doesn't have any friends. Her father brings two geese and some chicks as food, but Nora has other ideas for the beautiful birds. They follow her around, even to church, and Nora takes care of them as pets. After a little mishap with one of Nora's chicks going missing, Nora receives more than a returned chick, but a budding friendship with neighbor Susannah.
Kathryn Brown's illustrations add a rich softness to the story that glued my eyes to the pages. Even though each page has a few sentences, my eyes wanted to stay on each page to make sure I could fully capture the brilliance of the images. Though it's been years since I've read a Patricia MacLachlan story, I found that Nora's Chicks made me feel as though I was sitting right back in elementary school. Readers will sympathize in Nora's search for happiness, but will ultimately smile at the portrayal of her heartening story.
*Book provided via publisher in exchange for an honest review*