Chicken Joy on Redbean Road by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
A Bayou Country Romp

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When people danced to Joe Beebee’s music they forgot about bad knees, tight shoes, backaches, blisters, and beetles . . . They forgot sickness, sadness, and sin. Joe Beebee’s music, folks say, will take you up so high, your problems look small enough to stomp on. But, worries a plain brown hen, can it make a quiet rooster sing? Can it save her best friend from becoming Quiet Rooster Stew? Will Joe Beebee even play for chickens?

With art as fun as waltzing on the moon and with words as lively as a fiddle, this book captures the power of music to heal and of friendship to endure.

About Jacqueline Briggs Martin

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Jacqueline Briggs Martin is the author of Snowflake Bentley, winner of the 1999 Caldecott Medal, and The Lamp, the Ice, and the Boat Called Fish, an ALA Notable Book, a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book, Riverbank Review Finalist, Notable Social Studies Trade book and winner of The Golden Kite Award for Illustration. She grew up on a farm in Maine much like the one in this story. She lives in Mt. Vernon, Iowa. Melissa Sweet is the illustrator of many fine childrene(tm)s books. Reviewers have described her unique mixed-media illustrations as eoeexuberant,e eoeoutstanding,e and eoea creative delight.e Melissa lives on the beautiful coast of Maine. In addition to writing and painting, she enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. For more information about the author and her work, visit
Published April 9, 2007 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this whimsical tale set in South Louisiana, readers meet a blue-headed rooster who, due to a case of the chicken measles, loses the will to trumpet the morning wake-up call.

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A case of chicken measles has left the poor ""roo"" without a crow, prompting his ""nothing but practical"" owner to declare that ""a roo who won't wake the barnyard is headed for stew-quiet rooster stew."" A frantic brown hen, Miss Cleoma, believes all the roo needs is a dose of ""music so good ...

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