06 September 2013

Book Review: The Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice Harrington

One of my favorite books to read aloud is Janice Harrington's The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County. It's the story of a little girl who really enjoys... you guessed it, chasing chickens. And as the title implies, she's pretty good at it. But there's this one hen, Ms. Hen she's called, that the title character has a particular hankering for. 

While it's not made entirely clear in the book, it seems to be set somewhere in the southeastern United States, at Big Mama's house. The dialogue and inner thoughts of the characters are so well-written, it'd be difficult to not read this one with emotion. I look at this book as a lot of kids' idea of a great summer. The title character explains at the very beginning that she always does three things when she wakes up: she brushes her teeth "whiter than a biscuit," she tells some stories to her Big Mama, she eats her breakfast, and then... Can you guess what she does next? 

I've read this book to several grade levels and it's always been a hit, with small kids and big kids alike. This week, I read it to my second graders for a lesson about the 5 Ws. Each time I read this book, I find a new way to use it. On this go around, I realized that it'd be a great book to use in teaching similes and metaphors. So, fourth graders, you'll soon get to know the Chicken-Chasing Queen, too.

If you get a chance to read The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County, I think you'll be come a fan too. 

My rating: ☆ (Money Back Guarantee)

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