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Brett, Jan.
New York : G.P. Putnamís Sons, 2002
IL K-3, RL 3.7
ISBN 039923618X

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

If you like adventures, you will love Jan Brettís story of a hen named Daisy who wakes up to find the basket in which she has fallen asleep floating down the Li River.  She meets several animals that are new to her and an enterprising fisherman during her voyage.  Will Daisy every get back home?  Will she ever see her owner Mei Mei again?  Brettís illustrations of Chinaís mountains and landscape, and her use of borders, form a captivating and appealing book.  Read Daisy Comes Home to share a brave little henís adventures and to see the Li River and Chinaís countryside beautifully depicted. (Susan Cassels, South Carolina Book Awards, 2006)

Booktalk #2

Mei-Mei has the six happiest hens in all of China or so she thinks.  Daisy the smallest is continually picked on.  She is knocked off the perch by the other hens every night when she goes to roost.  One night Daisy had had enough and decided to sleep somewhere else.  She finds a basket and falls asleep.  It had rained all day and that night Daisyís basket floated away when the river rose.  Daisy travels down the river where she encounters and saves herself from a barking dog, a water buffalo and a pack of monkeys.  Only to find herself caught by a fisherman who decides to sell her at the market.  Mei Mei is heartbroken when she discovers Daisy missing.  She takes her eggs to market and a friend tells her that a fisherman has one of her baskets.  Mei Mei discovers he has Daisy.  He refuses to give Daisy to Mei Mei but when Mei Mei calls to Daisy she escapes and they run home.  That night Daisy stands up for herself and is allowed to roost on the perch. (Patty Shingleton, Hazard, KY)

SUBJECTS:     Chickens -- Fiction.
                        China -- Fiction.


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