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Thursday, August 28, 2008

It's That Time of Year...

It's fair season. They are well underway with the Hopkinton State Fair taking place this weekend, and the Deerfield Fair yet to come!

I like the NH fairs for their emphasis on the agricultural aspect. Many southern NH kids have never seen farm animals other than in a book. Parents should take the opportunity to introduce their kids to our agricultural heritage--and to eat a little fair food, too!

Speaking of farm animals...one thing I have found is that there seems to be an increased demand for books, here at the library, on raising chickens in your backyard! Who knew? Someone asked me a question about a brooding hen last week!

photo by Anna Wiz

We do have a few books on chickens, but not as many as we seem to need on raising them, aside from A Guide to Raising Chickens: Care, Feeding, Facilities, by Gail Damerow [636.5 DAM].

Here are two that deal more with the chicken from a more historical or biological perspective: The Chicken Book by Page Smith [636.5 SMI], and Chickens, Chickens, Chickens by Peter R. Limburg [636.5 LIM].

We have LOTS of chicken fiction in the children's picture book section, including one of my favorites, The Wolf's Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza [JP KAS].

For a little adult light reading, there's My Fine Feathered Friend by William Grimes [636.5 GRI].
One day in the dead of winter I looked out my window and saw a chicken....It was, in every way, a normal chicken except for one thing. It was in the middle of New York City.


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