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A feel-good Christmas book for chicken lovers: "Cinders - A Chicken Cinderella" 

A Chicken Cinderella review - font cover of book. Pin for later.

If you love chickens and you love Christmas, you will adore this beautiful book.

"A Chicken Cinderella" should be on the Christmas list for every child - of any age.

It combines all the feel-good parts of Christmas for anyone who loves chickens: glitter and sparkle, a fairy story - and a Silkie chicken as one of the main characters.

It tends to sell out each year as Christmas approaches. Each year I buy one for a chicken-loving friend, and I make sure I do it well before mid-December. 

Everyone has really loved it! 

I obviously have one myself, which is how I can be so sure that it makes an ideal gift.

Your chicken-loving friends need a copy in their Christmas stocking this year!


What's it about?

It's the traditional Cinderella story often told at Christmas, but with a very different twist. Because not only is it set in a snow-filled Russian winter, but almost everyone in it is - a chicken!

Of course there's also Tasha, a young girl who looks after the chickens (and treats them to oatmeal - sound familiar?!). 

And there's her dad who plays a small but important part later on (but I'm not going to spoil it for you by giving away what his role is!).

There are ducks, too. And three pigeons and some mice. Because, you know, there have to be mice in any Cinderella story. In a good way, of course.

But mostly, the characters are chickens. And if you keep your own chickens you'll recognise all their personalities.

The ugly sisters, Pecky and Bossy and their mother Largessa are 'biddies'; there's the majestic Prince Cockerel and - best of all for me - the Fairy Godmother is ...

A Silkie!

The fairy chicken-mother Silkie, an illustration from the book.The Silkie fairy godmother
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Isn't this just another Christmas book? What's so special about it?

Three things in particular: details, characters and illustrations.

  • The very first sentence sets the scene: "Snow on the outside, feathered friends on the inside..." and the whole story continues in a similar charming (Prince Charming - ha!) way. 
  • The chickens are funny, their characters are spot on. You will recognise them all: the bully, the top of the pecking order, the pullets - and of course Cinders, the very bottom of the pecking order.
  • Each chicken is different and you'll notice many different breeds, different sizes, different featherings - even their different coloured eggs.
  • The Silkie makes the most delightful Fairy Godmother in any Christmas story book - ever, and the ugly sisters are just adorable.

The illustrations make this book extra, extra special. 

  • The backgrounds are taken from the author's experiences when travelling through Russia. So the detail on all the building pictures is simply stunning.
  • And in the centre of the book is the most amazing fold-out picture of the chicken ball at the palace.
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Who would like it?

It would be hard to think of any chicken-lover who wouldn't like this book. Although the original fairy tale may appeal more to girls than boys, using chickens to tell the story makes it accessible to either gender.

And I know men who love to read it to their grandchildren...

Chicken lovers of any age will adore it.

If you have little ones who keep chickens, particularly if they have Silkies, they will be absolutely thrilled at the part the fairy godmother plays.

It's beautifully crafted, the paper quality is lovely and the hard back means it looks even more special, and will last forever. It's the kind of book you could give to be kept as an heirloom.

All of which make it an ideal gift for any chicken lover, at any time. Particularly at Christmas.

Click here to buy from Amazon.

What are other reviewers saying?

There are a total of 213 reviews on Amazon, of which almost all are five stars. Comments are glowing, particularly from parents, grandparents and aunties who have all enjoyed reading it to their littlies.

The illustrations come in for glowing reviews, as does the author's research into the different chicken breeds and their characteristics. 

The two objections were...

  • One person asks why it's necessary to change the original (human) cast and make it all about chickens... (clearly that person is not a chicken lover!)
  • One person complained the book is not "bound". I'm not quite sure what that means. It's a hardcover book, and very well put together. I've had mine for about seven years now and it's brought out every Christmas. So far, it's stayed together perfectly, even though it's clearly well used (and well loved).
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How many Golden Eggs does it deserve?

If you've looked at my other reviews you'll know that I award "Golden Eggs" for products, from one for a "hmmm wouldn't recommend this" to five - "Amazing - don't miss out on this wonderful product!".

How many does the 'Cinders' Christmas book get? 

5 Golden Eggs.

A Fabulous Full Five Golden Eggs!


But is it a happily-ever-after Christmas story? 

Well, it follows the Cinderella story so you may be able to guess. But I'm not telling - you'll need to buy it to find out.

The middle fold-out section: the ball at the palace.

Seriously though, don't leave it too late. It sells out early every year.

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Link to more Christmas gifts for chicken lovers

Looking for more ideas for gifts to give to chicken peeps at Christmas? 

This page will give you some much-needed inspiration.

They're all inexpensive chicken-themed Christmas gifts and ornaments that I've either got myself or have bought for other people - or both!

Just click on the pic.


Do you have a Silkie? Or would you like one?

All about the Silkie chicken.

But they don't do well in cold, muddy places and unfortunately that's exactly what my part of Italy is like in the winter.

If you're looking for a cuddly, friendly, fluffy fairy-godmother of a chicken who's great for children, the Silkie may be ideal for you.

Click on this pic to go to the page which will help you decide.


These useful chicken-related products would make a great gift, too!

Current Extraordinary Chickens calendar - link.
Books about chickens - reviews. Click to go to article.
The egg-straordinary egg skelter - a review. Link.
Brinsea's Mini Advance incubator - an honest review (link).
Brooder heat lamps - which is best? Product review link.
A review of the best automatic chicken feeder on the market - link.
Link to Raising Happy Chickens home page.