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City Chickensby Christine Heppermann
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Just outside of downtown Minneapolis, if you follow the sounds of crowing and clucking, you will find a shelter for, of all animals, chickens. There are chickens in the yard, chickens in the shower...chickens upstairs and downstairs, in the kitchen and under the couch, eating spaghetti and laying eggs. Many of the feathered guests at Mary Britton Clouses Chicken Run Rescue have been found wandering the city streets. Some escaped from backyard chicken coops or from illegal cockfighting rings, and others began their lives as fuzzy chicks in a classroom incubator with no one to take care of them once the novelty wore off. Whatever the reason, these smart, gentle, and friendly animals need help, and Mary is just the one to provide it to them. Over the years, Mary and her husband, Bert, have given hundreds of homeless birds a safe place to rest until they can be adopted by caring families. Illustrated with full-color photographs, City Chickens is a slice-of-life look at people who take care of some of the more neglected and forgotten about animals, who are often misunderstood and mistreated. Each chicken and rooster has a story to share and first-time author Christine Heppermann (who adopted her own chicken) has crafted a spare, moving, and at times humorous text that will open caring young readers' eyes and also inspire them to follow their hearts when it comes to helping all creatures great and small. Come along and find out why lovable chickens are actually, according to Mary, “the ones who need friends the most.”
Chickens. . . in the city? You'll find them just outside downtown Minneapolis, where Mary Britton Clouse runs the Chicken Run Rescue for abandoned chickens up for adoption in this moving, humorous, and fully illustrated book.
On a small island off the coast of Iceland, Drífa has the task of hatching and raising over two hundred peeping wild eider ducklings. Her goal, for which she is supported by a license granted by the Ministry of the Environment, is to raise the ducklings to reestablish a colony of common eiders here.
If the ducklings are to survive in the wild, they cant become pets. Drífa must nurture them while keeping her distance as their caregiver. She must balance the emotionally satisfying appeal of her charges with her ultimate goal of reestablishing the colony if she is to succeed in raising her lovable ducklings to live free as wild eider ducks.
Nearly 75 million dogs live with American families, where many sleep in our beds, walk us to school, and eat our unwanted broccoli. However, millions of dogs are born in America each year without a place to live. Most of these animals find themselves in shelters, and many, if they are not adopted, are put to sleep. Raymond Bial takes readers into the genesis of the dog overpopulation problem, covering puppy mills, pet stores, and backyard breeders, and then he profiles a local animal shelter, sharing with readers the ins and outs of daily life there. Who runs animal shelters? Who plays with the pets? How long do they stay? And how can you adopt one?
andldquo;Animal-loving city and country kids alike will find this worth clucking about.andrdquo; andmdash;The Bulletin
Just outside of downtown Minneapolis, follow the sound of crowing andand#160;you will find Mary Britton Clouseandrsquo;s Chicken Run Rescue.and#160;Over the years, Mary and her husband have given hundreds of homeless birds a safe place to rest until they can be adopted by caring families.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Each chicken has a story to share, and the author (who adopted her own chicken) has crafted a spare, moving, and at times humorous text that will open young readersandrsquo; eyesand#160;and also inspire them to helpand#160;all creatures great and small.
About the Author
Christine Heppermann has been a reviewer and columnist for the Horn Book magazine since 1996. She has also reviewed childrenand#8217;s and young adult books for the New York Times, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the San Antonio Express News, and many other publications. She lives with her family,andnbsp;and pet chickens,andnbsp;in Chicago, Illinois.
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