LastFriday, The Martha Stewart Show wasall about chickens. And given what a frequent subject hens, roosters, and babychicks are in kids' books, it should come as no surprise that the episode featuredguest appearances by two children's book authors—Jan Brett and Terry Golson,both of whom discussed their recent picture books and showed up with chickensof their own. Audience members joined in the fun, bringing their own chickens,too.
InBrett's segment, she showed off various breeds of chickens—including someadorable newborn Polish chickens—and helped Martha with a craft project: decoratingEaster eggs with silhouettes of rabbits (click herefor instructions). The idea was inspired by an illustration from Brett's newpicture book, The Easter Egg (Putnam,Feb.), which offers scenes of rabbits competing to create the perfect Easteregg to impress the Easter Rabbit.
Golson'sfirst picture book—Tillie Lays an Egg—was published by Scholastic in 2009,but chickens have been part of her life for years, thanks to the Hen Cam Website she has operated since 2005, which broadcastsvideo of the chickens she keeps. Golson discussed her chickens, the Web site, andher picture book with Martha.
Clickhere to view video clips of both authors' appearances (Brett's is titled Chickens &Easter Eggs, Golson's is called Hen Cam).