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Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis

Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis

Author: Jabari Asim Illustrated by E.B. Lewis

2016

Age range: 4-8

Preaching to the Chickens is a wonder of a story as it tells of John Lewis’s childhood among the pine trees and rolling hills of southern Alabama. Everyone had a job to do on the Lewis farm including a young John who loved to take care of the chickens. As much as he enjoyed the peace, he had by taking care of the chickens discovered that music from church brought an equal sense of contentment. John had ambitions to preach so the young John began to preach to his chickens “who swayed to the rhythm of his voice.” He preached of the value of hard work with the assurance that a “bountiful harvest was sure to come.”


A Bookish Decree: Remarkable and memorable


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