One Happy Chicken by Diane Calkins: #RWYK Certified Great Read

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One Happy Chicken by Diane Calkins: #RWYK CERTIFIED GREAT READ #REVIEW



One Happy Chicken (1)

One Happy Chicken (1Zoe is a tiny chick with a big attitude. Stranded all alone on a busy sidewalk, Zoe finds a new home when a kindly woman comes to her rescue. She gets more than she bargained for though when her new family comes with two children, three dogs, six cats, two small parrots, and a bunny! But with a lot of moxie and a bit of mischief, Zoe quickly becomes head of the pack. What other adventures will Zoe get into as she grows up with her new family?

Inspired by a true story, One Happy Chicken is a children’s book from writer and animal advocate Diane Calkins, brought to life by the whimsical illustrations of Sharon Davey. In this perfect bedtime story, babies, toddlers, and young kids will learn about the importance of family, acceptance, and the human-animal bond.


About the Author

Diane Calkins - Childrens Literature AuthorDiane Calkins is a writer, mother of two, grandmother of two, and committed animal welfare advocate. She has written articles and/or commentaries for Fancy Publications (including Cat and Dog Fancy),, the Los Angeles Times, The San Diego Union Tribune, and many more. Her experiences as an animal shelter volunteer and animal advocate have profoundly affected her personally and as a writer.

Diane’s writing focuses on the power of the human-animal connection. Through her work, she explores the way animals can enrich and enhance our lives through their devotion and individual personalities.

Diane and her husband Chris share their lives with two children, their spouses, and their grandchildren as well as a dog, three cats, and four bunnies.

Visit One Happy Chicken to follow Diane Calkins, and to learn more about her books.



Zoe the chicken is the eternally cheerful and mischievous lead character in One Happy Chicken, a story about love, acceptance, and the human-animal bond. Young readers will adore this hilarious and heartwarming story written by Diane Calkins and illustrated by Sharon Davey. The funny shenanigans of Zoe will have your kids laughing, and you’ll be smirking at what might be an all-too-familiar situation in your own household. (for those who have pets at home). One Happy Chicken is sure to become a bedtime favorite for your little chicks.

Zoe is a little chicken with a big attitude. Abandoned isolated on a bustling walkway, Zoe finds a new home with the help of a kind and loving lady. She gets a warm welcome from her new family members including parents, two children, three dogs, six cats, two little parrots, and a bunny! Zoe explores her new surroundings, makes new friends, and cleverly becomes the top of the pack in no time. She is a fun-loving and happy chicken with a newly kindled appetite for adventure. Sharon Davey’s gorgeous illustrations are the cherry on the cake. This reassuring tale and its lively heroine invites discussions of exploration, friendship, acceptance, and human-animal connection.

Final Verdict

With an engaging story, endearing illustrations, and a beautiful message of love and hope, this book is perfect for babies and toddlers to enjoy at bedtime. Perfect for kids who want a pet to become a part of their family. This story proves that sometimes a big hero is just a little chicken.



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