The Egg and I

MacDonald, Betty Bard

Book - 1987
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Egg and I
The author relates the joys and frustrations of life on a poultry farm in the mountains of Washington.

Publisher: New York : Perennial Library, 1987
Edition: 1st Perennial Library ed
ISBN: 0060914289
Branch Call Number: 818 M14e 1987
Characteristics: 287 p. ;,21 cm


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Join the discussion on March 9, 2015. In 1927, MacDonald married and moved to a small chicken farm on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington with no running water, no electricity, a house in need of constant repair, and days that ran from four in the morning to nine at night. And then came the child... Read More »

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Jul 22, 2013
  • fritzieford rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

MacDonald, famous for her Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books for children, writes amusing memoirs about homesteading and chicken farming in the Pacific Northwest. Since the book was published in 1945, it does contain some references that we would consider politically incorrect, especially concerning American Indians. This was not bothersome, but the overall tone of the book was. Although some anecdotes are hilarious, I found her negative outlook to be tiresome.

Oct 16, 2012

Great book! Very refreshing to read a "clean" book, full of humor and great depiction of a city girl trying to make it on a chicken farm...much like Lisa from Green Acres! FYI a movie of it was made in the 1940's starring Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray...very funny.

Aug 26, 2012
  • lsmarkova rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Funny, moving account of life on a chicken ranch in rural Washington in the 1920s. Warning, though, part of it is *very dated* and *very racist.*

May 08, 2011
  • Jennmro rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The author seemed to relate much more frustration than joy, and didn't seem to like living on a poultry farm much, stating over and over agan her hatred for chickens and baby chicks, and her desire to leave it all behind for running water and some time to sit down. I can't blame her there, but expected something different before starting the book based on its description. An interesting read with some detailed descriptions of some beautiful scenery but I kept wishing I could put the author out of her misery. Just burn the whole place down and be done with it. Good book though, highly recommended!


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