Running Wild with Bossy Boy
by Hui Zhou
Photographs by Hui Zhou
Rating: 4 Stars
A Wonderful Way to Introduce Children to Chickens
Have you ever dreamt about raising chickens in your backyard? Do you want to learn more about the distinguishing characteristics of chickens? Running Wild with Bossy Boy introduces readers to a lucky flock of chickens that express their traits as they run wild as chickens are supposed to do.
Through stories and photographs, Zhou shares her love for the chickens who came to live and run free in her backyard. You’ll meet Bossy Boy, the rooster who takes charge of the flock and ensures everyone is safe, Pretty Bird, the princess of the yard, and many other interesting characters.
Each rooster and hen are described by their ‘chickenalities’. Readers will follow the birds of the flock from chick to ‘all grown up’ bird. They’ll see how one hen reacts when a friendly but energetic dog invades their space.
Zhou explains that chickens “contribute eggs and meat” and deserve to run “freely in their natural environment”. For Zhou’s chickens, that’s a luscious backyard next to the big woods on the South Shore of Nova Scotia.
Young readers will enjoy the interaction between the chickens and learn a few things about raising fowl. The stories and colourful photographs might intrigue them enough to learn more about chickens or inspire them to think about owning their own birds.
Although the stories are written in a fictional, story-telling manner, they are nonfiction.
Adults can read Running Wild with Bossy Boy to young children. Those in grades two and higher will be able to read it themselves.
Connect with Hui Zhou on her website.