Once I picked up Lauren Scheuer's Once Upon a Flock: Life with My Soulful Chickens, I just couldn't resist it. The story of her first flock of chickens is adorable with its charming photographs and illustrations.
Scheuer is an artist and illustrator who lives on a Massachusetts farm with her husband and teenage daughter. However, as her daughter became a teenager, the backyard was no longer the place for their shared adventures. So, she decided she wanted a small flock of chickens. She did a great deal of research before picking the breeds of chickens. As an artist, she wanted colorful chickens. "These chickens were going to be my living lawn ornaments, so color was the first consideration." Scheuer ordered chicks that were going to grow up to be black, yellow, red, and striped.
For those of us who don't have chickens, it's hard to imagine the personalities of these birds. But, Lauren Scheuer tells the story of Lucy, Hatsy, L'il White, Pigeon, along with Marky, the dog that became the flock's guardian. And, she sucks the reader into her life as the owner of a flock. She also fills the book with facts about chickens and the building of chicken coops. Then she ties the stories together with actual photographs and her own illustrations.
I never imagined I'd find a book about chickens to be so warm and enjoyable. But, once I saw this book at the library, I found it irresistible. If you're looking for something different and charming, try Lauren Scheuer's Once Upon a Flock.
Lauren Scheuer's website is www.LaurenScheuer.com
Once Upon a Flock: Life with My Soulful Chickens by Lauren Scheuer. Atria Books. 2013. ISBN 9781451698701 (hardcover), 241p.
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