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ISBN10: 0763647535
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From Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan comes a reassuring story about new beginnings and making friends.

Nora and her family have just arrived from Russia and are making a new home on the American frontier. The prairie is very different from the forested hills Nora is used to. Most of all, its lonely. Papa has the cows he sings to as he milks them. Baby brother Milo has a dog to follow him wherever he goes. But Nora has no one and nothing to call her own until Papa brings home a dozen chicks and two geese. Nora names each one, and they follow her everywhere — even to church! But what will happen when one of her beloved chicks goes missing?

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"Newbery Medalist MacLachlan (Sarah, Plain and Tall) revisits the prairie in this tender story of a family that emigrates from Russia to the American frontier. Though Nora's parents are aware of their daughter's sense of isolation on her new turf, they can provide little solace. A stray dog becomes devoted to Nora's baby brother, and her father has his horses and cows for company. 'I need something all my own,' laments Nora; her father inadvertently provides that very thing when he brings home 10 chicks and two geese 'for eating.' Nora decides they are too beautiful to eat, and he agrees, conceding, 'They are yours.' With her usual taut and penetrating style, MacLachlan reveals the reawakening of Nora's spirit as she bonds with her chicks, which also bring her closer to a neighboring girl. Brightened by the festive patterns of Nora's Old World fashions, Brown's (Kisses on the Wind) smudgy, windswept watercolors capture the starkness and beauty of the prairie and the simplicity of the life there. This is a lovely, affecting package. Ages 3 — 5. Agent: Ruben Pfeffer, East West Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Patricia MacLachlan is the Newbery Medal-winning author of Sarah, Plain and Tall. She has published many, many books, including Lala Salama, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon; Journey; Skylark; and Cassie Binegar. Patricia MacLachlan lives in western Massachusetts.

Kathryn Brown is the illustrator of numerous books for children, including My Little Grandmother Often Forgets by Reeve Lindbergh and Kisses on the Wind by Lisa Moser. Kathryn Brown lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks, February 26, 2013 (view all comments by Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks)
Patricia MacLachlan, author of one of my favorite childhood novels, Sarah, Plain and Tall, is still in the business of creating heartwarming children's books. Nora's Chicks, illustrated by Kathryn Brown, is a sweet story that captures the heart of change, family, and finding friendship.

Nora and her family have moved to America from Russia. While her family settles in their new home and new surroundings, Nora struggles to accept the change. She misses the view of her dear Russia and feels saddened that she also doesn't have any friends. Her father brings two geese and some chicks as food, but Nora has other ideas for the beautiful birds. They follow her around, even to church, and Nora takes care of them as pets. After a little mishap with one of Nora's chicks going missing, Nora receives more than a returned chick, but a budding friendship with neighbor Susannah.

Kathryn Brown's illustrations add a rich softness to the story that glued my eyes to the pages. Even though each page has a few sentences, my eyes wanted to stay on each page to make sure I could fully capture the brilliance of the images. Though it's been years since I've read a Patricia MacLachlan story, I found that Nora's Chicks made me feel as though I was sitting right back in elementary school. Readers will sympathize in Nora's search for happiness, but will ultimately smile at the portrayal of her heartening story.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780763647537
Author:
Maclachlan, Patricia
Publisher:
Candlewick Press (MA)
Author:
MacLachlan, Patricia
Author:
Brown, Kathryn
Subject:
Children s Animals-Animal Stories-Pets
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. 19th Century
Edition Description:
Picture book
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to K
Language:
English
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
8.81 x 10.6 x 0.42 in 0.91 lb
Age Level:
from 3 up to 5

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Newbery Medalist MacLachlan (Sarah, Plain and Tall) revisits the prairie in this tender story of a family that emigrates from Russia to the American frontier. Though Nora's parents are aware of their daughter's sense of isolation on her new turf, they can provide little solace. A stray dog becomes devoted to Nora's baby brother, and her father has his horses and cows for company. 'I need something all my own,' laments Nora; her father inadvertently provides that very thing when he brings home 10 chicks and two geese 'for eating.' Nora decides they are too beautiful to eat, and he agrees, conceding, 'They are yours.' With her usual taut and penetrating style, MacLachlan reveals the reawakening of Nora's spirit as she bonds with her chicks, which also bring her closer to a neighboring girl. Brightened by the festive patterns of Nora's Old World fashions, Brown's (Kisses on the Wind) smudgy, windswept watercolors capture the starkness and beauty of the prairie and the simplicity of the life there. This is a lovely, affecting package. Ages 3 — 5. Agent: Ruben Pfeffer, East West Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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