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The Fairest Fowl: Portraits of Championship Chickens Paperback – April 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 103 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081183137X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811831376
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Time Out New York
Sometimes, the oddest book will grab you, for no rational reason. Such is the case with The Fairest Fowl: Portraits of Championship Chickens. Tamara Staples's "fashion-runway-style" shots of cocky, prancing specimens of poultry pulchritude are strangely... sexy. The accompanying text on the competition circuit and standards of perfection—including plumage, combs and wattles—is equally fascinating. Who knew?

About the Author

Tamara Staples was born and raised in the Carolinas, attended her first poultry show in 1988 with her uncle. After earning a degree in photography, she began to take portraits of the birds in earnest in 1998. Her work has appeared in Harper's Magazine, Utn

Ira Glass is the host of the award-winning public radio program This American Life. He lives in Chicago.

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It is full of many great photos of chickens.
Shana
This is one of my most favorite books of all time to include those books which mostly contain pictures.
Bryan K. Oliver
I think this book is a great display book for your coffee table!
kathtus

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Melanie B. McMurry on August 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is an amazing book. Anyone who has ever dealt with chickens would be amazed by these pictures. They are portraits (a portrait of a chicken? I would have thought it impossible)of the most amazingly beautiful birds. I just page through the book over and over again, transfixed by the beauty of these little farmyard creatures.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
The Fairest Fowl is a lovely book. It is a delight to see a book which actually presents good birds in good condition to the public. These are not your "run-of-the-mill" chickens, but rather well-bred, high quality birds who are a tribute to "the fancy." As a poultry exhibitor myself, I only wish the book had been more complete in its coverage of all the Classes of poultry (for example, no Langshans or large Cochins) since they are so beautifully presented.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By William Newell on August 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is simply beautiful. I had no idea these birds were anything more than something to deep fry. But this photographer has shown that there are many beautiful, exotic, and downright strange looking breeds of chicken out there. The pictures have such amazing detail that I see something new on each viewing and the birds really seem to be posing. The essay at the end was interesting too, made me feel like I was there while Ms. Staples shot the photos. Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By kathtus on March 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
I recieved "The Fairest Fowl" is one of my favorite poultry type books because it's classy and informative on certain show breeds.

the pictures are top quality and show every color of the breeds.

They have little color charts for each breed to show color types for their eggs, feathers and such.

I think this book is a great display book for your coffee table! Wonderful!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Goldstein on June 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a gorgeous book. The pictures are breath taking and as Ira Glass said the birds really do "look" like they have personality. It's amazing. The pictures are clean and crisp and the description pages having interesting information about the birds. This is not a reference book though, it's purely for fun and for admiring.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
I was absolutely charmed by this book. The text and beautiful color photos take you into the world of unusual chickens and the people who breed and show them. If you are fond of barnyard animals, you will love this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2001
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I read a review of this book that said, "Put down the review and go buy this book." With a recommendation like that, I had to see what all the fuss was about: this book is great fun! The photographer has captured the chickens in a way that makes them much more interesting than I thought chickens could be, plus learning about the chicken shows was a stitch! I agree: buy this book! Boatloads of enjoyment for very little investment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A fun reader on August 21, 2006
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This book has amazing portraits of chickens with some imformation about each one. I wish the author had told us where each breed is from. Also is was not comprehensive of u s chicken breeds, but still an outstanding book.
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