Two New Stories from Gracie Press, Gracie being a Charming Chicken

Book One in the “Once Through a Garden Gate” Series

You can learn a lot from a little flock of chickens, such as you are more than good enough. John Spiers weaves gentle wisdom through his stories, watching his chickens enough to tell them apart and give them names, which takes time. He learns some Chicken language, and they learn to understand the big Gardener.

We meet Gracie, who has a lump on her side, we get in on a Worm Olympics, chicken ballet (with a guest dancer), learn that words can be hurtful, and that chickens can be contemplative. I look forward to sharing John Spiers’s delightful flock of winsome chickens with my granddaughter!

Book Two in the “Once Through a Garden Gate” Series
Did you know that tan is the shortest and least glamorous color name? And that chickens know things? So do wrens. This is a charming book about a flock of winsome chickens and their wise human friend.
But it about so much more than a story about chickens. It’s also about friendship and creativity, leadership and love. It even has a Sewer Rat who knows some French words!
What a delightful book for an adult to share with a child. The stories will lead you to discuss interesting things, because that’s what friends do, chicken or otherwise.

Author and Illustrator John Spiers

John Spiers is a writer, artist, and “dad” to a small flock of chickens who live in the center of his backyard garden.

While he often produced small writing and drawing project over the years, he never found his creative niche until he decided to raise some baby chicks. They became the characters in his stories and the subjects of his drawings. Now they are his friends, and he spends time with them each evening under the shade of the camellias bordering his backyard garden.

His stories occur in the intersection where the world of people meets the world of chickens. It is an intersection where the unexpected can happen. Chickens can talk with people who truly love them. They can also dance ballet and even put on backyard comedy shows.

His work seeks to share the same joy he feels with his chickens along with bits of timeless “chicken wisdom” about life which he has learned from them.

More delightful Gracie Press books from earlier this year.


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