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

A Chicken Cinderella - wonderful Christmas book. Pin for later.

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

This book 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 before mid-December. 

And they have all 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!

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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.

Isn't this just another Christmas book? What's so special about it?

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.

The Silkie makes the most delightful Fairy Godmother in any Christmas story book - ever.

And the illustrations make this book extra, extra special. 

Detail of one of the Ugly Sisters in a Chicken Cinderella.

The attention to detail is amazing.

Each chicken is different and you'll notice many different breeds, different sizes, different featherings - even their different coloured eggs.

The backgrounds are taken from the author's experiences 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.

Seriously - you need at least to take a look.


Who would like it?

Click to buy this Christmas book from Amazon USA.

It would be hard to think of any chicken-lover who wouldn't like this book. It probably won't appeal much to men - it's a bit of a girly story, really. But 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.


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 - "Yes - don't miss out on this wonderful product".

How many does the 'Cinders' Christmas book get? 

'Cinders - A Christmas Cinderella' won a Five Golden Eggs' award!

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.

'Cinders, a Christmas Cinderalla' - the best Christmas book for chicken lovers - centrefold.The middle fold-out section of "Cinders - a Chicken Cinderella" - the ball at the palace.

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


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!

Extraordinary chickens calendar, 2019 - link.
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.
Incubating and hatching your own chicks - book review - link.
Link to Raising Happy Chickens home page.