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Title:
Peggy : a brave chicken on a big adventure
Author:
Walker, Anna, author, illustrator.
Publication Information:
Boston : Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 x 27 cm
Summary:
"Peggy, a hen, has a life-changing adventure when a gust of wind drops her in a big city"--
General Note:
"First published in Australia in 2012 by Scholastic Australia."
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 500 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.3 0.5 164757.
ISBN:
9780544259003
Format :
Book

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Summary

Peggy the hen is contented with her quiet existence and daily routine. When a powerful gust of wind sweeps her up and deposits her in the midst of a busy city, she explores her new surroundings, makes new friends, and cleverly figures out how to get home--with a newly kindled appetite for adventure. Evocative full-color paintings follow Peggy's journey, offering comical details that reward repeated viewing. This reassuring tale and its unruffled heroine invites discussions of exploration, safety, and resourcefulness


Author Notes

Anna Walker was born in 1970 and is based in Melbourne, Australia. She writes and illustrates children's books. Her work includes Peggy, I Love to Dance, Hurry Up Alfie, Today We Have No Plans (with Jane Godwin), Starting School (with Jane Godwin), Little Cat and the Big Red Bus (with Jane Godwin), All Through the Year (with Jane Godwin), and What do you Wish for? (with Jane Godwin). Her latest book as author/illustrator, Mr. Huff, won the 2016 CBCA Book of the Year for Early Childhood.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

When a gust of wind sweeps a coal-black chicken named Peggy away from her quiet and predictable suburban life and into the city, she rapidly adjusts to her new surroundings: "Peggy landed with a soft thud. She was far from home. She picked herself up, ruffled her feathers, and went for a walk. Peggy saw things she had never seen before." Walker creates a gorgeous, rain-washed cityscape, inhabited by anonymous figures in muted colors and photo-collaged images of passing buildings; the lone chicken, walking confidently within the crowd, receives only casual attention. Humorous spot illustrations show Peggy's many urban sojourns, including getting sprayed by a water fountain, catching a movie, eating pasta, and inspecting a pair of polka-dot underwear at a "Bargain Sale." A familiar sight helps her find her way back to her own yard. Originally published in Australia, Walker's story speaks to the ways traveling can change a person (or a chicken) and expand one's worldview, particularly when one has a home to come back to. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Peggy the hen likes her routine. When a windstorm blows her out of her decorative suburban chicken coop, she has to adjust to the unfamiliar sights and sounds of a busy city. She tries on shoes, eats popcorn at the movie theater, and makes a cozy nest in a furniture store. Although she isn't able to communicate with anyone in the crowds, Peggy eventually finds her way back home by following the trail of a bouquet of sunflowers and, later, a flock of pigeons. Walker's ink and photo collage illustrations are dreamlike in appearance. Admirers of Janet Morgan Stoeke's "Minerva Louise" books (Dutton) will relish the chance to meet another charming chicken.-Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.