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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 a 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 learns 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."
- Kirkus Review: Sonya's Chickens
"The story presents the circle of life in a very comforting but realistic manner. The bright pictures do not mince matters: one shows the fox with the hen in his mouth but the next balances it with him curled up protectively in his den with the kits"
-Judith Constantinides for the School Library Journal
"A warm hug on a crisp morning, Sonya's Chickens is The Lion King's Circle of Life... minus the soaring orchestral arrangement."
Meet the Maker ~ Phoebe Wahl
Phoebe Wahl is an artist whose work focuses on themes of comfort, nostalgia and intimacy with nature and one another. She grew up unschooled in Washington state, and credits her 'free range' childhood in the Northwest for much of her inspiration and work ethics. She works in a variety of mediums, from watercolor & collage to fabric sculpture. Phoebe graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2013 with a BFA in Illustration, and currently lives in Bellingham, Washington. Sonya's Chickens (Tundra) is her first children's book, available nationwide. Phoebe is represented by Jennifer Laughran of Andrea Brown Literary.