Nice tale about a sort-of pet/sort-of wild chicken found in the backyard of one NYC restaurant critic. Anyone who has had a chicken as a pet will relate to how the birds can really grow on you. Also features a nice though brief history of domesticated chickens, and even a few tidbits on chicken care. This book is the Marley and Me of poultry.
In 85 charming pages William Grimes weaves an entertaining, soul-touching and witty chicken story. It all starts when Mr. Grimes found a little black chicken in his tiny backyard in the middle of Queens. He has no idea where "The Chicken" came from. The Chicken ends up hanging out and eating with the stray cats that Mr. Grimes feeds. The Chicken ends up being a very tough girl. She survives ice, snow, low flying police helicoptors and roosting in a pine tree.
It doesn't take long for the author to become a chicken fan. Mr. Grimes is soon on a mission to learn as much as he can about his new chicken. He fixes The Chicken a make shift roost and nest box where The Chicken rewards him with delicious fresh eggs. The Chicken also provides entertainment as she chases one of the cats daily for fun. Then as quickly as The chicken appears, he disappears.
This book has a charming cover and very cute illustrations throughout. Any one who loves birds, has chickens or is considering getting them would love this great book. Another thing I love is that this book doesn't have any cursing or foul language. It would be a good gift for a preteen up to an adult. "My Fine Feathered Friend" is one that I will keep in my library for years to come.
Wonderful! For adults and children. I read it in one hour and was thoroughly pleased.
I loved this book about a chicken that just shows up in the author's backyard in the middle of the city one day. No one knows where it came from but he decided to adopt it and became quite fond of this little black hen. A really good story. It inspired me to go out and buy three hens of my own.
Cute book about a chicken that found it's way into a well known restaurant critics yard in Astoria Queens NY and how the resident cats and family learn to accept the strays visit. Fast read and informative as well as charming.
New York Times restaurant critic William Grimes tell the true story of a Black Australorp hen that found its way into both his Astoria, Queens, yard and the hearts of his NYT readers. Chicken lovers and New Yorkers alike (and even New York chicken lovers) will enjoy this quick read, which also manages to include a nice introduction to chicken behavior, urban chicken farming, and local chicken laws (as in, yes, you CAN legally raise chickens in NYC!).