Mystery Kisses & Chicken Poop

Children - Grade K-3rd
66 Pages
Reviewed on 04/15/2021
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Reviewed by Kristine Zimmerman for Readers' Favorite

Mystery Kisses and Chicken Poop by Tammy Donahue is a memoir of her childhood in West Virginia. Tammy Donahue shares stories of her upbringing with her eight grandchildren. She also creates memories with them as well. Each chapter is a little vignette about her life. We are introduced to her Grandpa Hale who was a farrier and her Granny Hale who was a nurse and an all-round character. There are inspiring stories about the women in her family and funny stories about just being a kid growing up in a rural area. The last chapter centers around an annual tea party that she has with her granddaughters and how she is encouraging them to follow their dreams.

Reading Mystery Kisses and Chicken Poop is like sitting by the fire and listening to a great storyteller. Tammy Donahue draws you in with her humorous and descriptive stories, especially about her grandparents. You can feel the love she has for her Grandpa Hale and the enormous respect she has for her grandmother. I really enjoyed the chapter about her Grandma Hale and her work as a traveling nurse. It is evident that Tammy Donahue has continued the strong female tradition and is working to pass it down to her granddaughters as well. Mystery Kisses and Chicken Poop would be a delightful book for grandparents to read to their grandchildren and might lead them to share their own stories about growing up. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the inspiring and sometimes laugh-out-loud adventures.