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Starla Jean



by
Elana K. Arnold
illustrated by
A. N. Kang

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Roaring Brook
ISBN
9781250305763
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JLG Category

Easy Reading

An uproarious, energetic chapter book series debut about a girl, her pet chicken, and a lasting friendship from National Book Award Finalist Elana K. Arnold. Introducing Starla Jean! She's full of moxie, clever as a fox, and obsessed with catching a chicken she finds at the park.

When Starla first sees the scrawny bird wandering around, she just knows they're destined for each other. Her dad says, "If you can catch it, you can keep it," and Starla Jean is not one to back down from a challenge.“Fun Facts About Chickens.” Full-color illustrations. 

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

96

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 2/5"

Dewey

F

AR

2.8: points 0.5

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Feb 2021

Book Genres

Chapter Book, Early Chapter Book

Topics

Family life. Neighborhoods and neighbors. Parks. Chickens. Animal behavior and characteristics. Lost and found possessions. New experiences. Humorous stories. 

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Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

A routine tandem bike ride to the park with Dad ends in surprise when Starla Jean discovers a lost chicken scratching in the dirt. “‘If you can catch it, you can keep it,’ Dad said. He was laughing like he didn’t think I could do it.” In response to that challenge, Starla Jean gets the hen secured in her arms and named Opal Egg before the end of chapter two. This entertaining early chapter book is heavily illustrated with eye-catching, dynamic art that extends the story. The quaint town is full of beguiling details and neighbors, including the one whose chicken has gone missing. Interjections from Opal Egg are scattered throughout in bright red bawk!s as she wiles her way into the hearts of Starla Jean’s skeptical family members and accidentally teaches baby sister her first word. Starla Jean initially describes Opal Egg as skinny and ugly, but the illustrations show the hen also to be irresistible with her giant, expressive eyes. Large font and a snappy text with plenty of subtle repetition make this story approachable for new readers, while the content works equally well for those enjoying longer read-alouds. The book starts off identifying what Starla Jean knows, or thinks she knows, about chickens but concludes with accurate and interesting chicken facts, including that chickens enjoy sitting on a swing and can do very simple math. The ending indicates further adventures for Starla Jean. JULIE ROACH

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

A routine tandem bike ride to the park with Dad ends in surprise when Starla Jean discovers a lost chicken scratching in the dirt. “‘If you can catch it, you can keep it,’ Dad said. He was laughing like he didn’t think I could do it.” In response to that challenge, Starla Jean gets the hen secured in her arms and named Opal Egg before the end of chapter two. This entertaining early chapter book is heavily illustrated with eye-catching, dynamic art that extends the story. The quaint town is full of beguiling details and neighbors, including the one whose chicken has gone missing. Interjections from Opal Egg are scattered throughout in bright red bawk!s as she wiles her way into the hearts of Starla Jean’s skeptical family members and accidentally teaches baby sister her first word. Starla Jean initially describes Opal Egg as skinny and ugly, but the illustrations show the hen also to be irresistible with her giant, expressive eyes. Large font and a snappy text with plenty of subtle repetition make this story approachable for new readers, while the content works equally well for those enjoying longer read-alouds. The book starts off identifying what Starla Jean knows, or thinks she knows, about chickens but concludes with accurate and interesting chicken facts, including that chickens enjoy sitting on a swing and can do very simple math. The ending indicates further adventures for Starla Jean. JULIE ROACH

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