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Fun with Chickens

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Joy of Chickens
Nolan
1981

You’ve got to love when an author is excited about something. Evidently, chickens are this guy’s “thing.” Having been around chickens and hatching chicks, I don’t really feel joy. I feel mostly feel irritated by the constant chirping and smell.

This was recently weeded from a youth non-fiction collection. As a book, the content isn’t too bad, and the illustrations of the many breeds of chicken are beautiful. In my opinion, I think this book is more appropriate in the adult section. I will say that most of my adult patrons are usually looking for the small scale farming angle. (One particular patron was interested in dressing her chickens up in little outfits. I didn’t really wants to ask why.) Kids are usually just interested in stories and basic information. This book really doesn’t fit either need.

Fried chicken, anyone?

Mary

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Impractical Pets

A Practical Guide to Impractical Pets
Dolensek
1976

Submitter: The cover is plain orange, unfortunately. One interior photo shows a cat being given a pill, and the cat looks calm about it!

Holly: Some of these are not really that impractical. Maybe birds, turtles, and rabbits were really exotic in 1976. Sure, the raccoons and squirrels are a bit out there, but these are really impractical pets!

 

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Wild Pets

Wild Pets coverWild Pets
Leslie
1970

Submitter: We’ve been weeding a lot of animal books lately. The skunk photo is my favorite.

Holly: The pictures submitted are priceless. Too bad they aren’t in color! This was great for its time, but there are definitely more current books on the topic that include more current laws and what can (and cannot) be kept as pets. My neighbor feeds the critters that live in the woods behind our houses, and the darn things are super creepy: raccoons that come out all times of day looking for a handout, ducks that chill out in the garden, deer that don’t look twice when you cross their path…it’s just not right.

 

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