Starla Jean

Roaring Brook. (Starla Jean). Jan. 2021. 96p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781250305763.
Gr 1-2–In short chapters geared to newly proficient readers, an inquisitive child with spunk takes home a chicken she finds in the park, hoping it will be her pet. Starla Jean is a lively young white girl who enjoys being one with nature and riding her bike with her father. She narrates, and her droll tone is sure to draw readers in as she explains how she became a chicken expert. For good reasons, she names the chicken Opal Egg. In fact, Starla has a good reason for everything she does, and though the story is little more than a shaggy dog tale, but with a chicken, there is a happy ending.
VERDICT A funny introduction to a new character and series, best for its humorous narration and a charming baby sister.

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