Sonya raises her three chickens from the time they are tiny chicks. She feeds them, shelters them and loves them. Everywhere Sonya goes, her chicks are peeping at her heels. Under her care, the chicks grow into hens and even give Sonya and wonderful gift: an egg! One night, Sonya hears noises coming from the chicken coop and discovers that one of her hens has disappeared. Where did the hen go? What happened to her? When Sonya discovers the answers, she earns some important truths about the interconnectedness of nature and the true joys and sorrows of caring for another creature.
“A reassuring story about death in the natural world, thoughtfully designed and illustrated” —Starred Review, Kirkus Review
“This lesson of the interdependence among all living things in nature is gently told, accompanied by colorful watercolor and collage illustrations that show the multicultural family’s life on a farm. . . . The story presents the circle of life in a very comforting but realistic manner.” —Starred Review, School Library Journal
“The brilliantly colored artwork, produced in watercolor, collage, and colored pencil, is stunning. . . . The circled arms of her family mimic the embrace of the fox with his kits, emphasizing the oneness of the natural world’s food chain in our interconnected world.” —Booklist
2016 Winner, Ezra Jack Keats Book Award for New Illustrator
2016 Honor, Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award
Release date: August 15, 2015