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The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County (2007)

by Janice N. Harrington

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A little girl on the farm loves to chase chickens. Her goal is to capture her favorite chicken, which is the fastest chicken on the farm. She sets up traps to grab the chicken, but the chicken never falls for it. The little girl finds out that her favorite chicken just had babies, so she leaves the chicken alone and helps take care of the baby chicks.

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Cute story, reminds me of how the oldest child hates the new baby at first and wants to get rid of it, but then loves helping mommy take care of it. You never know someone until you really get to know them.

Classroom Ideas:
1. Go visit a chicken coop and try to chase chickens.
2. Have the children explain their ideas on how they would have tried to capture the favorite chicken.
  Tiamara | Jul 14, 2017 |
Introduction: The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County is written in first-person narrative and tells the tale of a young girl who loves to chase chickens on her family’s farm, even though she is warned not to do so. The illustrations are vivid, using lace and fabrics, and actually tell the story along with the words. Onomatopoeia is used to bring even more excitement and life to the story.
Characters: The main character is the narrator, a young African American girl who deems herself the chicken-chasing queen. Other characters include Big Mama (a term used often for grandmothers) and Miss Hen, the chicken the queen wants to catch most of all.
Theme/Plot: The book appears to be about a spunky girl who simply loves the excitement of catching chickens and the endeavor of trying to catch Miss Hen. By the end of the book, however, a larger theme unfolds. The theme is learning from adults/family members and respecting nature, as the girl finds her favorite hen with a brood of chicks.
Author: The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County is written by Janice Harrington. Harrington spent part of her childhood in rural Alabama and the book reflects her upbringing. She writes poetry and children’s books with focuses on culture.
Summary: Big Mama warns the narrator, the star of the book (the chicken chaser) not to chase chickens because they will not lay eggs. The girl simply cannot help herself and spends her time being as still as she can be to capture the chickens, chasing chickens, and pursing Miss Hen. In the end, the girl understands the lesson Big Mama wanted to teach her when she finds Miss Hen with a brood of babies and vows she will leave her and her chicks alone.
Quotes: “Squack” is a word used throughout the illustrations in the book to bring sound and reality to the chicken chasing experiences. One can actually hear the noise of the chickens as they are being chased. When warned by Big Mama not to chase chickens, the queen of chicken chasing states: “...I just can't help it. I try hard to be good—but I'm the Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County.”
Overall Recommendation: The book is a delightful read and very entertaining for children. The illustrations are clear and crisp and provide as much fun as the story itself. Although fun, entertaining, and exciting, The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County teaches children that elder family members are wise and teach valuable lessons. ( )
  StephanieMcCrary | Apr 22, 2017 |
Will the Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County ever catch Miss Hen? What will it take for the Chicken-Chasing Queen to give up the chase? This is a delightfully suspenseful read-aloud. The text drives expressive reading with onomatopoeia’s sprawled over a page in large, block lettering. The use of simile and metaphor produce vivid imagery, connecting the listener to the Chicken-Chasing Queens adventure. Inference and character analysis abounds as you wonder why she chases chickens only to give up by the end. The illustrations are given texture, as a mix of oil paint, fabric, and printed paper are used to bring the characters and text to life. Body language and facial expressions truly speak louder than words in this text.

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  Lheatherly | Jul 21, 2016 |
A young girl declares herself the Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County. Her mother is against this kind of activity because she thinks it will stop the chickens from laying eggs. The young girl does not care though, she still goes out and chases those chickens because she is the chicken-chasing queen of Lamar County. There is one chicken, Miss Hen that just will not let her catch her, and she takes this as her biggest challenge. The girl thinks long and hard about how she can get this chicken in her hands, but continues to come up empty handed. She continues to try and try throughout the entire day with new plots and ideas to catch Miss Hen. Finally, she hears a noise that catches her attention and goes to find what it is. She finds Miss Hen sitting on a nest of eggs and chicks and she realizes that she was not getting catch because she had to be with her babies. The girl then makes a promise to Miss Hen that she understands now and will leave her alone. After this, Miss Hen brings her chicks back to the farm and prances around the yard while the girl is chasing off anything that may harm them.
This book is realistic fiction and has great illustrations to go along with it. This book shows the relationship between an animal and a girl. I think that this book shows a great explanation of this relationship. ( )
  mlanford3 | Mar 6, 2016 |
Wow. There are so many reasons to love this book: the flowing words, the glorious illustrations, the love emanating from the pages, the actual feel of the summer sunshine on a farm as I read the book. My goodness! A wonderful book! ( )
  Merryann | Jun 18, 2015 |
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Meet one smart chicken chaser. She can catch any chicken on her grandmother’s farm except one – the elusive Miss Hen. In a hilarious battle of wits, the spirited narrator regales readers with her campaign to catch Miss Hen, but this chicken is “fast as a mosquito buzzing and quick as a fleabite.” Our chicken chaser has her mind set on winning, until she discovers that sometimes it’s just as satisfying not to catch chickens as it is to catch them.
A fresh voice full of sass and inventive, bold collage illustrations full of surprises create a childlike escapade brimming with funny high jinks that leads the reader on a merry, memorable chase.
The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:05:34 -0400)

A young farm girl tries to catch her favorite chicken, until she learns something about the hen that makes her change her ways.

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