Charlie the City Chicken Visits a Farm by Helen McKeon (Book Review)

In this heart-warming story, Charlie sets out on a journey to a nearby farm and learns a valuable lesson about making friends. Despite his initial struggles to connect with the farm animals, Charlie discovers the joy of finding common ground and breaking down barriers through play.

Perfect for children ages 0 to 8, this charming tale will capture young readers’ imaginations and inspire them to be patient and open-minded when making new friends. Whether reading to your child or letting older kids read it themselves, “Charlie the City Chicken Visits a Farm” is a must-read for anyone looking for a fun and educational children’s book.

Looking for an engaging children’s book that teaches the value of friendship and inclusivity through play? Look no further than “Charlie the City Chicken Visits a Farm”!

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Reedsy Discovery. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.


Making friends can be tricky for all ages. Children get into cliques, and new members of a class, team, club, or school frequently shy away from introducing themselves, fearing rejection. Like in Charlie the City Chicken Visits a Farm, there will be times when rejection happens, but this rhyming story teaches children to persevere. One day, with patience, they will find a friend. 

Charlie the chicken called the city his home. His home was loud with tall buildings, the polar opposite of the life he longed to live. One day, Charlie decided to walk to a nearby farm. Children will love the illustration of a hat-wearing chicken kicking up his foot while a couple of mice dine close by on a plate of pancakes topped with blueberries. The other drawings were also brilliantly drawn with bold color choices. 

When Charlie finally arrived at the farm, he met many animals, but also a challenge. Every animal he meets ignores him, including a hen. Charlie felt like he was doing something wrong. Children who’ve experienced the new friendship woes might wonder if they are “doing something wrong” too. They might want to “give up” like Charlie almost did. 

Charlie the City Chicken Visits a Farm teaches children that making friends takes patience. Also, friends come in all sizes, colors, and shapes! 

Amazon lists Charlie the City Chicken Visits a Farm by Helen McKeon for listeners birth to six years. This age bracket is perfect for multiple reasons. Babies will love the colors! Toddlers can use this story to learn farm animal names and their corresponding sounds. Three and four-year-olds will adore listening to the chicken’s adventure. Finally, the simple, rhyming text is perfect for new readers (five and six-year-olds). 

I recommend you share this story with your child and class. Teach them to treat others with kindness.  


Heart Rating System:
1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤

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Meet the Author

Helen McKeon is a self-published children’s book author and illustrator who dabbles in romance and alternative history on the side.

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