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The Magnificent Chicken: Portraits of the Fairest Fowl [Kindle Edition]

Tamara Staples , Ira Glass
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

With backyard chicken keeping and urban farming at an all-time high, the proudest of purebred poultry take center stage once again in this fully revised and expanded edition of the classic The Fairest Fowl, now retitled The Magnificent Chicken. Updated with even more chickens and an enlarged resource section, this celebration of the wonder, peculiarity, and magnificence of championship chickens showcases more than 40 astonishing breeds in glamorous photos—many brand new—and informative text, while an introduction by Ira Glass explores the finer points of poultry shows and chicken portraiture.

Editorial Reviews


"As a city boy who never knew or cared much about chickens, what can I say other than this book just blew me away. Who knew that there was so much diversity, so much beauty, such a subculture of aficionados, such great photography, and such humor. About chickens." - TreeHugger.com

"The labor of love chronicles purebred fowls, championship chickens, and more than 40 eccentric breeds, blending lively text and brilliant and peculiar photographs by Tamara Staples, who has been following champion chickens since 1998." -- Town&Country Magazine online

"Stunning photographic studies of all manner of domesticated fowl, from the more traditional breeds to the downright strange.... Although the photographs are the book's main attraction, one reason it's a keeper is the wonderful insight it provides into the strange, somewhat underground world of poultry showing." -- Design Sponge

About the Author

Tamara Staples has been photographing championship chickens since 1998. She lives in New York City.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous and Magnificent! March 10, 2013
By Roy
These are the most beautiful images you'll find anywhere of the great and varied animal that is The Chicken! There's smart, wry and informative writing as well, and I particularly love both the overall feel and vibe of the book and the design elements - which only A Book can do well - of things like a separate framed color palette for each chicken. A really handsome and fun book. People pick up the copy that sits on our coffee table and smile smile smile at it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute photo series. December 6, 2013
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Cute photo series! I love chickens, I had a variety of different chicken breeds growing up and am strongly considering putting a small chicken coop in my city-little front yard. In the interest of researching what chicken breeds would work in the city (and honestly, having some pretty-chicken eye candy), I ordered this book. There is some educational text by the pictures, and a brief essay in the beginning, that make this more than just a pretty show.

However, the best part really is the chicken pics! There are so many crazy colors, feather textures, and comb configurations that you can't stop looking at them! There are chicken breeds in here I'd never heard of, and I was in 4H as a kid - you'd think I'd know it all when it comes to farm animals. Definitely not a dense read, but a very, very fun one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good book April 10, 2013
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This book is so well illustrated with excellent pictures of so many rare kinds of chickens. The text is not extensive but sufficient for the purpose of the book. I am a chicken lover so this really "filled the bill" for me!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed July 14, 2014
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Very imcomplete information on chicken breeds. It isn't for a serious poultry keeper. I was disappointed in the portraits available.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So many chickens! July 6, 2014
By Dee
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Beautiful pictures. Could provide more information about the breeds & provide pictures of more breeds. Still, made a great gift.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful pics and a little info July 3, 2014
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O just wanted a coffee table book and that'd what I got, plus. Beautiful pics and a little info.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Chickens - Beautiful Book May 14, 2014
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Oh my yes - this was a beautiful book. I am so intrigued with chickens and the more I see of them, the more I realize how unique and beautiful they are. I have spent countless hours trying to photograph chickens. They are virtually impossible to shoot. They don't hold a pose for very long, and when you get a good shot, it is because you've missed 100.

This is a gorgeous representation of these beautiful birds. I look at it often.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lovely February 16, 2014
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I loved seeing the pictures of all the beautiful Chickens in the world, that I would never had seen other wise
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful pics & valuable information.
Not only are the pictures beautiful and true it life, there is a lot of information in this book. I put the book on my coffee table and everybody looks at this book.
Published 24 days ago by S. Jones
2.0 out of 5 stars great pictures but no real information
Althought the pictures of the different chicken breeds were wonderful, there as no significant information about the breed itself. I was disappointed with this purchase.
Published 8 months ago by Tony
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
Really enjoyed this. Pictures of chickens for city people and very interesting essay by Ira Glass. Heard about this on NPR
Published 8 months ago by Andrew Drane
4.0 out of 5 stars A good coffee table book
Beautiful pictures of numerous breeds with basic information about each breed. This is a book just to enjoy for the sheer beauty. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Christopher James Bagley
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Fowls
The chicken has been elevated to the top of the roost, ahead of the peacocks or birds of Paradise. I like the elegance of the posed chickens.
Published 14 months ago by Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL PHOTOGRAPHS
Published 14 months ago by Laurence W. Deboer
3.0 out of 5 stars Boring!
Somehow, this book was, as magnificent as those chickens are, boring. Probably my fault for purchasing; I thought it would be more instructive. More detailed. A letdown to me.
Published 15 months ago by BADR
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