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Chicken Joy on Redbean Road
Chicken Joy on Redbean Road:
A Bayou Country Romp

by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Illustrated by Melissa Sweet.  Houghton Mifflin, 2007.
ISBN-13/EAN: 9780618507597; $17.00
ISBN-10: 0618507590

Chicken Joy on Redbean Road:
A Bayou Country Romp

by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Illustrated by Melissa Sweet


    From the publisher:
When people danced to Joe Beebee's music they forgot about bad knees, tight shoes, backaches, blisters, and beetles . . . They forgot sickness, sadness, and sin. Joe Beebee's music, folks say, will take you up so high, your problems look small enough to stomp on. But, worries a plain brown hen, can it make a quiet rooster sing? Can it save her best friend from becoming Quiet Rooster Stew? Will Joe Beebee even play for chickens?

With art as fun as waltzing on the moon and with words as lively as a fiddle, this book captures the power of music to heal and of friendship to endure.

Reviews and Curriculum Connections


  1. A literacy guide for Chicken Joy on Redbean Road: A Bayou Country Romp, created by author Tracie Vaughan Zimmer.  Available online at: http://wildgeeseguides.blogspot.com/2010/01/chicken-joy-on-redbean-road.html

  2. Louisana Musicians -- research and learn about Zydeco music -- an accordion-based genre that began, shortly after World War II, in the south-central and southwest prairies of Louisiana and is popular across the south but particularly in Louisiana, Texas, and California. The music integrated waltzes, shuffles, two-steps, blues, rock and roll, and most dance music forms of the era.

  3. Check out additional information at the Zydeco site at http://www.mcbookwords.com/books/chickenjoy_zydeco.html to learn about those who are notable in the zedeco music genre.

  4. Chicken Joy on Redbean Road is featured "In the Spotlight" -- a monthly column published in Library Sparks.  Check the November 2007 issue.

  5. Try making your own musical instruments from a  cigar box or a screen door.

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