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Friday, October 2, 2015

A Chicken Followed Me Home, written and illustrated by Robin Page. Beach Lane Books, Simon & Schuster. 2015. $21.99 ages 5 and up

"What will my chicken eat?

Chickens in the
wild eat seeds,
nuts, fruit, insects,
and small animals.
A domesticated
chicken usually eats
chicken feed, a
mixture of seeds and

What a terrific format to mentor young researchers in presenting their new learning! This is Robin Page's first book both written and illustrated on her own. She has often collaborated with her husband Steve Jenkins to bring exceptional nonfiction learning to young readers.

Her introduction to chickens is beautifully designed to provide plenty of informative text for her audience, while keeping their attention fully concentrated on the Rhode Island Red that is the subject of her book. A question is asked and then answered in an accessible and enjoyable format. Digitally created in Adobe Photoshop, her familiar collage artwork is boldly colored and uses variety in perspective. Spot pictures, informative labels, uncomplicated explanations and a logical sequence for questions asked make it just right for her target audience.

The author adds a useful two page section in back matter that asks and answers other questions that might crop up, and a list of books that will help add to a child's knowledge concerning chickens. Now, your family is prepared to take on the task of raising some chickens on your own, with the goal of fresh eggs for yummy meals in mind.

If you need a mentor text to help your children with writing clear and practical reports, this is the book for you!

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