She’s at her grandparents gathering eggs in 1935 or 1945.
She’s got a lot of eggs in her apron.
She’s wearing Mary Janes and leggings, but not Buster Brown shoes because Buster Browns have laces.
Her grandparents live on the Eastern Shore.
It’s the fall. It’s not muddy enough to be spring.
The chicken in the doorway is a talking chicken. Its name is Penelope.
The girl’s name is Lucy.
She doesn’t know it’s a talking chicken.
There are cows. Some cows are lowing. They’ve been to school. Some are mooing. They dropped out of school.
They are chewing and stamping their feet.
The cows are on the other side of the bar. They are coming in for milking. You can hear the men shouting at the cows.
Lucy is happy she has all the eggs.
Penelope is not happy.
She is clucking unhappily because Lucy took all the eggs.
Penelope says, “Give me my eggs. You can’t have those eggs.”
Lucy says, “What will you give me if I give you back those eggs?”
Lucy says, “I’ll give you the bow in my hair instead of the eggs.”
Penelope says, “No. It’s not going to work.”
Lucy says, “I’ll give you some milk.”
Penelope says, “Chickens don’t drink milk. Give me my blue egg.”
Lucy says, “OK, but what will you give me in return?”
“I’ll give you a magic feather for your hair.”, says Penelope.
“The magic feather will give you courage and 3 wishes. That’s enough for one feather.”
Lucy gives Penelope the blue egg.
It starts to crack and out comes a baby dragon, a blue bird, a cuckoo, or a robin.
Lucy is not sure what it is.
She says, “I still have to have your feather. That was the deal.”
Penelope is an honest magic chicken and gives up her feather saying, “Be careful what you wish for. And no cheating. You can’t wish for more wishes.”
Having given her feather away, Penelope can’t talk anymore.
The wind blows the feather away from Lucy.
This is the end of Chapter 1.
Chapter 2 is The Magic Feather.
Chapter 3 is The Blue Egg.