The Featherless Chicken
By Chih-Yuan Chen
(Heryin Books, Inc., Hardcover, 9780976205692, 40pp.)
Publication Date: August 2006
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Filled with bold illustrations and wry humor, this twist on the ugly duckling tale places a chicken in the lead role. The chicken has no feathers and he longs to play with the other beautiful chickens in the yard, but they turn him down, ridiculing him for his bare skin. When he discovers a creative camouflage for his paltry plumage, however, the other chickens allow him to join them on a boat ride, never expecting that a surprising accident will change the way they see themselves and the (formerly) featherless chicken.
Chih-Yuan Chen is an illustrator of children's stories and the author of The Best Christmas Ever; Guji Guji (a New York Times Top 10 children's bestseller); and On My Way to Buy Eggs (named a Best Children's Book by Publishers Weekly).