Calling all chickens

January 7, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Harry Bliss; published by HaperCollins, New York; 2008.

Louise is a chicken; a fowl that is. Her passion for adventure leads her to heights, depths and distances unimagined. DiCamillo’s humorous storytelling is echoed in Bliss’ grand-scale illustrations. The size of the book emphasizes the scope of the adventures our heroine seeks.

I’d tell this tale to tell 5th graders moving on to middle school since the “chapters” and humor may be lost on a younger audience. I’d ask the children to think of Louise’s next adventure, write the title and a one-sentence synopsis on a feather to add to Louise on a bulletin board.

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