The Fair Acres
Beauty Pageant Book
Storytelling with Maureen
Chickens Are The Craziest Neighbors
You will never understand what I mean when I say chickens are crazy neighbors until you happen to have them as your neighbors so let me explain. I never thought I would be writing about chickens but it all happened one day when the chickens invaded my garden and scratch up all my beautiful, newly planted flower. As I approached my garden, the chickens scattered in all different directions. They move so fast and make their cackling sounds that I couldn't do what I really wanted to do to them. In fact, I was so furious that I was powerless. They left dirt all over the walkway and killed my beautiful flowers.
I was angry with my neighbor and yelled at her at first. Then, I realized that I was angry with my neighbor, who I liked, and I had myself in a tizzy that made me feel terrible. I quickly concluded that I liked my neighbor too much to fight over her chickens and I found ways around the chickens.
The first thing I did was to put stones around the edges of my flowerbeds. Next, I started to write about them with the idea of future storytelling stories. So for the storytelling idea I gave each chicken a human quality with an individual trait. Their traits developed around a beauty pageant. I realized how chickens were unique. They had Mohawks with plumes of many colors. There were the silkie hens; the bandy roosters and it went on until I had so many different chickens. I started to love chickens. My beauty pageant tells how the chickens have a beauty pageant and the most original, not the most beautiful chickens wins.
In the end, the focus of this book is to enrich children storytelling as I make lots of connections to children like beauty comes from the individual. Beauty is creative storytelling; it is not what you have at birth. Everyone needs to help each other. Never be unkind and laugh at someone when they fall down. You can be a participant; you don't have to be the center of attention. Appreciate what you have to offer the world through the art of storytelling through storytelling with children
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Bok, bok bok ,
(storyteller, a member of the national storytelling association and national storytelling network.)
Children love chickens and all their weird behaviors. In the end, I found I also liked chickens and even more I appreciate my neighbor for opening my door to the world of chickens. I now have one storytelling book, 'The Fairfield's Farm Beauty Pageant' and I have another book, 'Fairfield Farm's Talent Show', coming our way soon through the national storytelling network and the national storytelling association