Mia was walking her dog, Bubbles in New York City. They came upon a chicken lost and alone. Mia rescued the bird and called it Maggie. But an apartment was no place for a chicken. With a bit of magic Maggie the chicken went to a family farm in Woodstock. This gentle story tugs our hearts and asks if there isn't better ways for chickens and humans to live with one another. More
Mia was walking her dog, Bubbles on Broadway in New York City when they came upon a disheveled and confused bird that looked like a chicken. The doorman of the building it was at said indeed it was a hen. Mia ran home with Bubbles and came back by herself with a jacket to throw over the bird. She put it in her bathroom and named the hen Maggie. Her father said that Maggie was most likely the result of a careless backyard breeder and he would help her take it to a poultry farm soon. Her mother was proud that Mia had such a big heart as it was not everyone who would rescue a chicken. Mia's friend Angelina gave Mia a magic egg of hearts, saying it would help her find a place for Maggie. All was well until one day Maggie was let out of the bathroom to expand her horizons at which time Bubbles came to close and scared her. So Maggie flew over the kitchen and into the living room and stopped behind the sofa with Bubbles close behind knocking over furniture this way and that. After that incident her father said that Maggie would have to go. That night Mia had a dream where a little baby chick Sunshine emerged from the egg of hearts and showed her the two choices that humans have -the sad and horrible state of a poultry factory farm and a small family farm. She awoke and told her mother. After a few calls her mother found a place for Maggie with a small family farm in Woodstock. At first her father said it was too far but he relented and drove them to the Waverly's. There Maggie had a good home but she wasn't settled until a couple of weeks later..the Waverly's put the magic egg of hearts near her nest. Then Maggie found her place there. This is a story that awakens the reader to the idea that there might be a better day for the way humans and chickens live together...that there are other choices than the poultry factory farms.
on May 29, 2015 :
I wish humans would treat animals the way they are meant to be treated. We all have souls, feelings, emotions, etc and all live should be respected. Marian has a deep understanding and respect for all animals. Her books tell a story, but more importantly send important messages to the readers. Thank you, Marian.