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"A warm, inviting look into an unusual facet of animal rescue efforts. - School Library Journal


An engaging, photo-filled look at a Minneapolis woman who has created an inner-city poultry shelter. - Scripps Howard News Service

"Animal-loving city and country kids alike will find this worth clucking about." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

About the Author

Christine Heppermann has been a reviewer and columnist for the Horn Book magazine since 1996. She has also reviewed children's and young adult books for the New York Times, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the San Antonio Express News, and many other publications. She lives with her family in Chicago, Illinois.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 1080L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; HAR/COM edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547518307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547518305
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,691,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christine Heppermann writes fiction, poetry, and criticism. Her books include Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty (2014), City Chickens (2012), and Backyard Witch (with Ron Koertge, forthcoming). She currently reviews young adult books for the Chicago Tribune.

Christine grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, where she attended an all-girls Catholic high school. As an undergraduate she studied philosophy and literature at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She has a masters degree in children's literature from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Christine lives in New York's Hudson Valley with her two daughters, two cats, and one husband.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Karen Davis, PhD on July 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Review by Karen Davis, President of United Poultry Concerns

"Chickens in the yard. Chickens in the shower. Chickens upstairs and downstairs, in the kitchen and under the couch. . . . How did they go from helping dogs, cats, and pet birds to helping chickens?"

In North Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the inner city, there's a magic kingdom you can glimpse through the peephole of a wooden fence. This is the home, in a busy neighborhood, of Mary Britton Clouse, her husband Bert Clouse, and Chicken Run Rescue, the nonprofit rescue, rehabilitation, referral, adoption, and education center founded by Mary and Bert in 2001. It all started when six Thai roosters, impounded by Minneapolis Animal Control after a cockfighting raid, needed a refuge. Mary and Bert already had several rescued animals, including parakeets and doves, but chickens? "Fighting" roosters?

City Chickens tells the intriguing story of how Chicken Run Rescue got started, and how and why it operates. Each morning, Mary and Bert are awakened by the crowing and clucking of their "guests," as they call their cherished residents. They spend the day cleaning cages, medicating sick birds, soaking infected chicken feet, rescuing hens trapped in snow drifts, running to the vet, driving long distances to place a single chicken in a home Mary has approved through her meticulous online adoption service, and much more. I've visited Mary and Bert and watched their indefatigable dedication in action.

Technically, City Chickens is a book for children, but it is really a book for all ages.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on June 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Welcome to Mary Britton Clouse's Chicken Run Rescue! Mary and her husband run this shelter outside of downtown Minneapolis. This book takes us inside the shelter. We learn the stories behind some of the chickens that call the shelter home. Mary and her husband help these creatures find forever homes. The full color photos found in the book are great! This could be using in an educational setting. Children love to learn about animals!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kristen L. Fairman on May 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
City Chickens is a heartwarming book about a chicken rescue in North Minneapolis. The home in which these hens and roosters convalesce is called "Chicken Run Rescue." The book is skillfully written, and the photography vividly captures the care and freedom the chickens have. The book would be a SUPERB resource/possible unit for elementary teachers. Overall, the book is nothing less than fantastic!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JLS1955 on July 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
CITY CHICKENS is just the right type of book for animal-loving kids and adults - it tells the fascinating/slightly quirky story of how a passion for animals can turn into a vocation and a chicken rescue! Hepperman is definitely a non-fiction writer to watch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Why would anyone want to rescue a chicken? This book brings forth a huge heartwarming explanation as to why someone might want to rescue a chicken. Delightful pictures accompany the text, which is easy to read, easy to follow and full of life. My family and I (formerly from the Twin Cities) found this a great way to find out more about our unique city and an amazing Chicken Rescue. I will be including this text in my 5th grade classroom and will use it as a demonstration of how to write good non-fiction, as well as enhancing the non-fiction text features of 5th grade studies. Enjoyable and beautiful. A great book all around!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Naomi Kinsman on July 20, 2012
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City Chickens is a delightful read, full of everything that great nonfiction needs. The pages are chock-full of facts, of course, but the text also contains a variety of stories to capture your heart. Heppermann has put covered much more than the life of chickens in the city, and in so doing, she has created a book as much about chickens as it is about why people dedicate their life to causes in which they believe. The photos bring humor and flavor into the story, and the pages pop with color and with text you'll want to read aloud.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mellisa Dempsey on July 22, 2012
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The perfect marriage of photography and lyrical writing, Heppermann shows us all that raising, caring for, nurturing chickens is more than chicken scratch--it's an art, a passion and a love that only few have inside them but that many of us will now pay attention to. Five claws up for this startling debut!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 1, 2014
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Sir Isaiah's Review:

I love to read non-fiction books and research facts. We started raising chicks this year and I wanted to learn more about them. This book was about chickens who were rescued. Three facts that I learned about chickens was:

1) They like to eat plain spaghetti and lettuce.

2) When a chicken rolls in the dirt its taking a dust bath to keep its feathers shiny and clean.

3) Chickens are the most abused animals in the world.

If you want to learn more about how to help rescue homeless chickens this would be a good book to read.

Mom's Thoughts:

This was a really interesting read. I didn't realize that people actually drop off chickens to their local animal shelters. Sadly, most are put to sleep, because of their involvement in fighting rings. Mary Britton Clouse is awesome. She was able to get her city home permitted to house homeless chickens, and started the Chicken Run Rescue in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

What was really disconcerting was that most of the chickens were coming from local schools who hatched the eggs for a school project. When the project was done they would drop the eggs off at the shelter.

Overall, this was a very informative read and promoted awareness of an inner city issue revolving not just around dogs/cats, but chickens too.

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