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Pets chickens have become a vibrant trend: Susan Orlean calls them "the It Bird"; California towns sponsor "Tour-de-Cluck" chicken coop tours; and Martha Stewart spotlights these backyard free spirits on her show. When children's book artist Lauren Scheuer decided to join the craze, her family was understandably skeptical, but after the great experiment got underway, the lively personalities of her newly acquired fluffy friends won them over. Like the blog on which it is loosely based, Once Upon a Flock is populated by this strange brood, which includes a special needs hen; doting friends and pesky rivals; and even a transgender rooster. Scheuer's charming, colorfully illustrated memoir offers fascinating animal insights as well as funny, endearing stories about these lovable creatures.