What a cute title for a book . . . Once Upon a Flock: Life with My Soulful Chickens is Lauren Scheuer’s loving memoir about raising her own chickens in her New England backyard. Although Lauren and I haven’t met in person, we’ve bonded over our chickens on Facebook and on her blog, Scratch and Peck. I love her plucky attitude. Yes, pun intended. When she wanted a chicken coop, she built it. I like girls who wield power tools with aplomb. I remember when her Barred Plymouth Rock, Lucy, was sick, and all of us on Facebook fretted when the flock shunned her. Sometimes, chicken life is so hard, and chickens can be unconsciously cruel. You may argue that one cannot be unconsciously cruel, but I’d say you’ve never met a flock of chickens. It can have a mob mentality all its own. On balance are the hens and roosters one-on-one. Wait . . . maybe humans are more like chickens than we think. Hens can be such wonderful mothers. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen one with her clutch of peeps. In addition, most roosters get a bad rap. My roosters have been noble creatures. Some protected their flock with their very lives.
When Lauren sent me a copy of the book for review, I was excited. When she let me give a copy away, I was over the moon.
I find memoirs great fun, and this one is very fun indeed. It contains photos of Lauren’s chickens, along with her drawings. Lauren is a long-time illustrator. Her portfolio shows some of her work.
If you’d like to win a copy of Lauren’s book, you must live in the United States. Please leave a comment below giving me your email address and your name. This little contest will run from today through next Thursday, March 28, at 11:59 p.m. I’ll announce the winner sometime during the day on Friday, March 29. The winner will be chosen by a random number generator. I love you all too much to make that decision myself.
Lauren also drew a photo of my dear pups, Maddie and Tap. She caught their wonderful personalities. Thank you Lauren. I’ll cherish it always.
Here are some of the other blogs participating in this fun.
The book is darling. I hope you win, but if not here, perhaps at one of the other blogs?
UPDATE: The Random Number Generator chose comment No. 2. Brenda from the Blonde Gardener won! Congratulations Brenda! I’ll send you an email to get your prize.