Sonya’s Chickens by Phoebe Wahl

Sonya’s Chickens is the story of a young girl and how she nurtures her three chicks into mature hens. Sonya looks after them with maturity, she prepares the coop, she cleans it out, and she feeds the chickens every day.

Sadly, one night a fox takes one of the chickens. Devastated, Sonya seeks the comfort of her father. Her father explains why the fox did what it did, that it also has vulnerable young in its care that it needs to feed. Sonya learns an important lesson about nature.

The book tackles themes of loss, nature, responsibility and of family.

Phoebe Wahl’s illustrations for the book are a combination of watercolour, collage, and coloured pencil. They are reminiscent of Matisse’s paintings, with the use of block colour, bits of pattern and similar compositions.

Published by Tundra Books.

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