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  • 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: 9.3 x 7.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,511,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

More About the Author

Christine Heppermann is a writer, poet, and critic. Her book of poetry for young adults, Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty, will be published by Greenwillow Books in September, 2014. Poisoned Apples has been called "a bloody poetic attack on the beauty myth that's caustic, funny and heartbreaking" (E. Lockhart) and a "powerful and provocative exploration of body image, media, and love" (Rae Carson).

Christine's first book, City Chickens (Houghton Mifflin, 2012), is a nonfiction story about a shelter for abandoned and unwanted chickens in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In 2015 Greenwillow Books will publish the first book of the Backyard Witch Series, written by Christine and Ron Koertge. The middle-grade series follows three best friends and a mysterious visitor who appears for curious adventures just when they need her most.

Christine was a columnist and reviewer for The Horn Book Magazine from 1996 until 2013. Her poems are published in 5AM, The Magazine of Contemporary Poetry; Poems and Plays; Kite Tales; Nerve Cowboy; The Mas Tequila Review; and The Horn Book Magazine. Her reviews of children's and young adult books have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines. She has an MA in Children's Literature from Simmons College and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University.

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The full color photos found in the book are great!
Melissa Sack
The caretakers of Chicken Run Rescue, Mary Britton Close and husband Bert, are the heroes of this book and Mary's story lends structure to it.
greenlinnet
It would make a great addition to a classroom library.
Judy Dodge Cummings

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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 S. Stenfors 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
Format: Hardcover
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
Format: Hardcover
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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