Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones

I happened upon this intriguing book title while perusing the library. The book basket for a few kiddos was in need of a refill and this book seemed to be the perfect read.

As soon as I saw the cover of Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer, I knew I wanted to give it a quick read through. How could you not? A book with a cute cover and is a story about chickens. And not just any chickens but unusual chickens!

Sophie Brown ,12, has left behind her life in LA to live on her Great Uncle Jim’s farm. Uncle Jim has passed away and left the farm to Sophie’s parents. Farming is a new endeavor to the whole family. With parents busy with work, Sophie sets her mind to learn about the farm. At first it appears to be a farm devoid of any farm animals until Sophie begins to spot a chicken or two while exploring the farm. Even to Sophie’s inexperienced eye, there seems something unusual about these chickens.

What is a gal to do? Instead of keeping a diary, Sophie writes letters to her deceased Abuela and Uncle Jim to help her think through how to handle various situations . She even seeks the help from the Redwood Farm Supply Company. Through these letters we learn along with Sophie how to manage exceptional poultry, stealing neighbors, and adjusting to a new community.

Sophie learns much about responsibility, friendship, and chickens. It is a delight to share her story. I really loved the presentation via the letters written by Sophie. Unusual Chickens is excellent for ages 10 and up. No interest in raising chickens is necessary to enjoy this read. I passed this along to my eleven year old daughter and she found it enjoyable. In her words, “It is a fine book for young girls.”

While my daughter read this independently, Unusual Chickens would work beautifully as a fun read aloud. It is perfect for summer reading to beat the heat!

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