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Chicken Feathers by Joy Cowley
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Chicken Feathers (2008)

by Joy Cowley

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I would use this book with 5th grade because the vocabulary is difficult to understand and the book has long sentences per page. I would use this book as an independent read because students might enjoy some fictional characters that talk as animals.
  SaraGraviss | Mar 29, 2017 |
An okay-story about a boy and his talking chicken, his mom hospitalized with a difficult pregnancy, and a fox on the loose, shaking down a hen house's chickens for their eggs.

Not a bad book, but a little blah. ( )
  librarybrandy | Mar 30, 2013 |
MSBA Nominee 2009-2010

I liked this one. A talking chicken! That's probably the most important point for booktalks. ;) ( )
  scote23 | Mar 30, 2013 |
Josh is at home on the farm with dad and grandma, while ma is in the hospital 'cause the baby's giving her trouble. Everything's going well, but feathers fly when Semolina, Josh's talking chicken, breathes news of a fox in the henhouse.

Cowley's novel is surprisingly sophisticated, given the central gag of a talking chicken. But this book doesn't dwell on the absurd, balancing the story between Josh's stress at home, worrying about his mom, his friendship with Semolina, the mystery of the missing eggs, the boat he's building in the back shed, and his strange new feelings about a childhood friend. If it sounds busy, it is-- which only adds to the realistic feel of the story and characters. Laugh-out-loud funny at times--particularly in the form of a wisecrack from Semolina--and sad and worrisome at others, Chicken Feathers takes its characters through their full range of emotions, and the reader right along with it. A few pencil illustrations dot the pages; great for kids in grades 2-5, possibly early middle school as well, for late/reluctant readers. ( )
  my624persona | Dec 22, 2009 |
"Much of the tension in this charming, witty chapter book centers around the question of whether Josh's pet hen, Semolina, really does talk. After all, she talks to Josh and to Josh alone.This wouldn't be such a problem if Semolina didn't have such important information to impart concerning a fox who has formed a gang to extort protection money (in the form of eggs) from the hens in the number three shed dozens of eggs a day. This is a loss the Miller family can ill afford,"...Cowley's story begs to be read aloud over and over again"
NoveList (Reviewed April 1, 2008) (School Library Journal, vol 54, issue 4, p104)
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  readingtodogs | Aug 19, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399247912, Hardcover)

Feather-flapping fun by one of the best-loved storytellers of our time.

A talking chicken! Josh knows it sounds ridiculous, but that?s just what Semolina is. And she?s not just a talking chicken . . . she?s a spirited, sarcastic, sassytalking chicken. And with Josh?s mom in the hospital about to give birth to his sister, Josh needs Semolina more than ever, even if she will only talk in front of him. But when Semolina tells him that a fox is sneaking into the hen house at night, can Josh get his dad to believe in Semolina before it?s too late?

Chicken Feathers introduces one of children?s literature?s most original, endearing new characters to peck her way onto the page. In the tradition of Charlotte?s Web, here is a book full of tender moments, sparkling humor, and classic black-and-white illustrations.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:56 -0400)

Relates the story of the summer Josh spends while his mother is in the hospital awaiting the birth of his baby sister, and his pet chicken Semolina, who talks but only to him, is almost killed by a red fox.

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