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Gemma and the Baby Chick

Every day Gemma feeds the chickens and collects eggs on the farm. One day, her routine is disrupted by a nesting hen who angrily pecks her hand as she tries to remove the eggs. Later, several of the nesting hen’s eggs fails to hatch and Gemma is sad.
Mother shows her how to help when the natural process of egg hatching fails. When a chick arrives, Gemma learns important lessons about the boundaries of her role as a caretaker as she gains a respect for nature’s animals to best take care of their own.
The book evokes the special bond between mother and daughter, man and nature.

  • Published: May 1998
  • Media Type: Book
  • Author: Barber, Antonia (author), Littlewood, Karin (illustrator)
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc. New York
  • Publisher Info: Published 1993. First edition. 24 page. 8 1/2 x 11. Watercolour rendered illustrations.
  • Price: Approx. $20 CDN
  • Order Info: Check your local library or bookstore. May have to special order.