The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County

The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County

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Overview

Meet one smart chicken chaser. She can catch any chicken on her grandmother's farm except one – the elusive Miss Hen. In a hilarious battle of wits, the spirited narrator regales readers with her campaign to catch Miss Hen, but this chicken is "fast as a mosquito buzzing and quick as a fleabite." Our chicken chaser has her mind set on winning, until she discovers that sometimes it's just as satisfying not to catch chickens as it is to catch them.

A fresh voice full of sass and inventive, bold collage illustrations full of surprises create a childlike escapade brimming with funny high jinks that leads the reader on a merry, memorable chase.

The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374312510
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 03/20/2007
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 227,549
Product dimensions: 9.58(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: AD560L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

JANICE HARRINGTON's Going North, for which she received the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award, was a Top of the List Booklist Editors' Choice. She lives in Champaign, Illinois. SHELLEY JACKSON is the author-illustrator of several picture books and author of adult fiction. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Pangle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
* picture book * great mentor text for teaching writing - voice The self-proclaimed Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County can¿t help herself: she has to chase the chickens, no matter what Big Mama says. Every morning it¿s the same routine: wake, wash, eat, tell stories, and when Big Mama¿s not looking¿chase chickens! The Chasing Queen won¿t be satisfied until she can get her hands on her favorite chicken of all, Miss Hen. After many failed attempts to catch that ¿plump as a Sunday purse¿ chicken, the Queen decides to stop chasing and start thinking. Using Big Mama¿s words of wisdom, ¿you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar,¿ she devises a plan. The Queen leaves a trail of sweet cornbread crumbs around the yard to lure in Miss Hen. She crouches down and waits patiently for Miss Hen behind the wheelbarrow. After a short time, Miss Hen arrives. This is the Queen¿s chance. She waits, she watches, she thinks, she JUMPS after Miss Hen! ¿SQWALK!¿ In a flash of feathers, Miss Hen is gone. The Queen couldn¿t find her anywhere. She searches all over the farm, and then she spots her. Miss Hen is resting on a nest of brown eggs and protecting three baby chicks. Miss Hen looks steadily at the Queen, she¿s so close, and this is her chance. But compassion takes over and instead of finally catching her favorite chicken; she sits and admires Miss Hen and her babies. That was the end of the Chicken Chasing Queen. Now, after waking, washing, eating and telling stories, when Big Mama is looking, the Queen feeds Miss Hen and her babies, making sure they are safe from any chicken chasers.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this book.I love the metaphorical language. I love the active, semi-collage artwork. I love the onomatopoeia. Truthfully, I think any library would be improved by having this book in their collection.
juanitaloo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book is told with much humor and conveys well the mischief of the young farm girl. The language authentically captures the culture and dialog of African-American families. The illustrations, made with a combination of cloth, wallpaper, photographs and paint, have a collage-like effect and are fun to look at. The illustrations also contain cut-out letters of onomatopoeia, such as "SQUAWKKKK!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago