Souperchickenby Mary Jane Auch, Herm Auch
When Henrietta becomes the first chicken in her coop to learn how to read, she uses her skills to save her aunties from becoming chicken soup.
Meet the Author
Mary Jane Auch and her husband Herm Auch are a husband and wife team of illustrators whose first picture book collaboration was The Princess and the Pizza. Mary Jane Auch is also known for her historical and humorous fiction for children and her hilarious poultry parody picture books. The Auchs live on a small farm near Rochester, New York. Visit www.mjauch.com to learn more.
In high school Herm Auch painted sets for school plays, drawings for the yearbook, and was commissioned to do a landscape painting for one of his father’s friends. While still in high school, Herm worked as an engraving apprentice for an offset printing company.
When it was time to go to college, Herm followed his teacher’s prophecy by enrolling as an illustration major at Rochester Institute of Technology, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. In the summers between his college years, he worked for an art agency where one of his assignments was illustrating a book. In his senior year at RIT, Herm started working at the Gannett Rochester Newspapers.
In 1966, he met MJ Springer, who soon became his wife. For a number of years, Herm had a weekly editorial cartoon called Herm Auch’s Rochester. In 1975 Herm and columnist Dick Dougherty were assigned to ride across the country on bicycles, writing and illustrating the Bike Centennial series. In their three month odyssey, the two newsmen found fascinating stories of real people from coast to coast. Herm served as the photographer and illustrator for the project.
Herm made his first venture into children's books by illustrating I Was A Third Grade Science Project, written by Mary Jane. After forty years as a newspaper graphic artist, Herm retired in 2000 to pursue a new career as a children’s book illustrator.
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Ugh! Pass on this one! My daughter brought this home from her Pre-K library. We both were drawn in by the flashy artwork. Our family has a small flock of spoiled pet egg-laying chickens and I am sure that is why our dughter chose this book. The story has a pro-reading theme where a chicken saves her beloved chicken friends from slaughter by reading a map, the address of the slaughter house on a can of soup, and the sides of trucks. The pro-reading theme however is harshly overshadowed by a violent and scary vegetarian "Meat is Murder" message. The chicken warns her pig friends that they will be turned into sausage, and warns her cow friends that they will be hamburger. When she gets to her chicken friends, the slaughterhouse describes how a chicken is beheaded, plucked, andkilled etc. etc. to scare children into feeling that eating meat is wrong. My daughter asked questions like "Why are farmers so mean? Do we have to eat chickens?" She was filled with anxiety after reading this book. While I respect the authors pro-vegetarian message, she could have kept the gory details to a PETA rally and presented vegetarianism in a gentler, kinder way fro children. I will be asking the school to remove this one from the Pre-K library, it's too scary for younger kids.
What a cute story and had the students laughing out loud. Plus there is a nice lesson on the importance of reading!!