In this friendly introduction, Gail Gibbons covers topics from egg and embryo formation to hatching and growth and “chicken chatter” to chicken farms. She offers solid information as well as bits of trivia. Illustrations are large, colorful and plentiful. Labeled drawings provide information on the differences between chicks, hens and roosters, and the development of an embryo. Some common rooster breeds are depicted, including the dapper Rhode Island Red and the comical-looking Polish variety. Difficult words are clearly explained with pronunciation tips. Copyright, 2003, softcover, 32 pages.