Minerva Louise at School
Janet Morgan Stoeke
Dutton Children’s Books, 1996
Minerva Louise at School is about a chicken who goes out for her morning walk and happens upon a new barn (school). She interprets what she sees in her own terms of barn life. She worries about a baby chick (fish) and fluffs up a nest with straw (pencils). It’s a clever book on perspectives and funny in its innocence, for the chicken has no idea the school was meant for children.
This classic story is one of a dozen Minerva Louise books available. The power of Minerva Louise stories is how the illustrations show a story different from the words. Simple, loosely drawn illustrations in bright colors attract the attention of the youngest readers.