Daisy Comes Home

Daisy Comes Home

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Penguin Putnam
Mei-Mei had the six happiest hens in China. She gave them treats and fresh hay baths, and when she called to them-gu gu gu gu gu!-they all ran to her as fast as they could. But one of the hens, Daisy, was not always so happy. The other hens picked on Daisy and pushed her off the perch every night. Then one day, Daisy is accidentally washed out onto the river in a basket and she soon learns to stand up for herself. When she finds her way home, this plucky little hen is no longer afraid as she bravely takes her place on the roost.

Jan Brett traveled to China to do research for the glorious illustrations in this heart-warming tale of self-esteem and self-confidence.Jan Brett and her husband, Joe, traveled with their daughter-in-law, Yun, and her husband, Sean, to China, the land where Yun was born. As they sailed down the Li River in the Guang Xi Province, Jan was reminded of a favorite story from childhood, The Story of Ping. There were the cormorants, and the fishermen.

But what made a lasting impression was the river itself, with mountains in unusual shapes towering above and small villages along the way with their colorful markets and brightly dressed children.

All of these memories became a backdrop for Daisy's adventures. Why a hen for her spunky heroine? Perhaps Daisy was inspired by Jan's hens at home: Pansy, Bluebell, and Dahlia.

Baker & Taylor
Although Mei-Mei takes good care of her hens on her farm in China, Daisy is never very happy because the other hens tease her, so when she is accidentally sent down the river, she returns with a new attitude and won't let the others push her around anymore.

Baker
& Taylor

Daisy, an unhappy hen in China, floats down the river in a basket and has an adventure.

Publisher: New York : Putnam's Sons, [2002]
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780399236181
039923618X
Branch Call Number: E BRETT
Characteristics: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm

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Annspiral
Jun 10, 2012

What a wonderful story. Although the cover makes the book look targeted toward girls, I found it perfect for my boys with a main story thread being the male chicken going on an adventure where he has to defeat many strong foes. He leaves the chicken coup being the picked-on chicken and returns with the confidence to push back.

With all the focus on anti-bullying in schools today, I liked this story that sends a message of strength to a child. It has a strong attitude of the underdog coming back.

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