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Friday, March 24, 2017

Hattie Peck: The Journey Home, written and illustrated by Emma Levey. Sky Pony Press, Thomas Allen and Son. 2016. $25.99 ages 3 and up

"Hattie had braved
the elements rescuing
abandoned eggs around
the world.

Big ones,
small ones,

no matter what their size.
she loved each hatchling
just the same."

Hattie Peck proves herself a very special mother in this new book. I will have to find Hattie Peck (Sky Pony Press, 2016) to learn her whole story. Seems she is meant to be a mother, but unable to lay eggs of her own. So, she has gathered as many motherless eggs as she could find in the wide world and her home is now full of a menagerie of exuberant and demanding hatchlings.

Everywhere they go, and everything they do, is chaotic. Imagine trying to keep an eye on such a motley crew. Kids will have great fun identifying the many creatures hatched from eggs, and will concentrate fully on the details that Ms. Levey adds to each of her playful and full-of-love pages.

Their days are full of wonder, and celebrated together. Every single birthday is highlighted with a handmade gift from their hen mother. Their many happy memories intact, the time has come for each of her babies to make a life for themselves. Hattie is determined to help them find their way back to their place in the world. Together, they 'fly the coop'!

Their shared journey is fraught with danger, and adventure. As the family gets smaller, the journey becomes more arduous. No matter, soon they are all where they are meant to be and Hattie is home alone, working at new projects. A surprise visit results in an equally happy surprise for a very special mother.

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