A Storybook Life of a Polish Chicken

A Storybook Life of a Polish Chicken
By Tamara Staples, New York — Jan Brett is an author and illustrator of dozens of children’s books. Each book, with its intricate illustrations and colorful stories about animals and children from far away places, is treasured throughout the world by children and adults alike. Landscapes, habitats, fashions and customs come to life with gorgeous details. Jan’s travels have taken her to Switzerland, Scandinavia, Costa Rica, China, Russia, the Arctic and even her native Nantucket to name a few. Although books were Jan’s first love and passion since childhood, there is another side to this author: Jan Brett is also a chicken breeder and serious competitor at The Fancy. Jan grew up in the Boston suburbs. Her parents purchased a house after falling in love with the adjacent barn. The Brett parents knew that Jan and her two younger sisters would learn responsibility caring for animals, and the pets were plentiful:

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