From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2–Based on an incident in the author’s own life, this picture book recalls a simpler time on a family chicken farm in Maine. Finally allowed to help with the chores, young Carol enters the henhouse and is bombarded by sights, sounds, and smells she’d not imagined. She quickly becomes distracted, loses track of her father, and panics when the aggressive roosters come after her. Within minutes, Dad comes to her rescue. Told in the style of a reminiscence, this story will be easily understood even by young listeners. The sketchy, average-quality watercolor illustrations suit the mood of the text. The country family of the past is represented well with Mom in dress and apron. The “mean” roosters are realistically portrayed, with just enough animation to convince readers of Carol’s fear of them. This tale will appeal most to families looking for a book to share and discuss, and can be the stimulus for telling and hearing their own stories.–Carolyn Janssen, Children’s Learning Center of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH